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An Adoptee-Driven Law Center

Original Birth Certificates

Some states recognize adult adoptees' unrestricted right to obtain a copy of their own original birth certificates. I represent those who are denied that right.


Intercountry adoptees may not have received United States citizenship—or may have trouble proving it—even after being adopted in the U.S. decades ago. That's wrong. I advocate to correct it.

Personal Information

Adult adoptees are entitled to their own personal information, which may include information that is in an agency, court, or other locations. I help adoptees get what's rightfully theirs.

Know Your History

The United States of OBC

Who Holds Your Truth?

I track state laws that restrict—or don't restrict—an adult adoptee's right to obtain an original birth certificate. See the list of states here or interact with the OBC maps.

Latest News and Issues

What’s New in 2022

Current numbers, an updated state map, and more info on each of the state legislative changes that developed over the past year. It’s what’s new in 2022.

Arizona’s New Donut Hole Law: FAQ

The Arizona legislature enacted a new law in 2021 that blasted a hole into the middle of adoptee rights in the state. Whether you call that hole a gap, a pie hole, or a donut hole (as I do), it creates two unequal classes of adopted people in the state.

Legislative Activity

State and Federal Legislation

I track state and federal legislation and update information on Adoptees United Inc., a national nonprofit adoptee rights organization.

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2022 Legislation

The OBC: Data, Information, and Maps