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An Adoptee-Focused Law Center

Original Birth Certificates

Some states recognize an adult adoptee's unrestricted right to access their own original birth certificates. I represent those who are denied that right.

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.


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

The United States of OBC

Who Holds Your Truth?

We track of all of the state laws that restrict—or don't restrict—access to an original birth certificate. See the results here or view the interactive OBC map.

Latest News and Issues

A Law Known as “Indiana”

While some advocates promote a new Indiana law as one of “open records,” the reality is not one of equality. Here’s an illustration demonstrating how the new law actually works.

What Equality Could Like in New York

In order to settle questions and rumors, I’ve laid out some quick answers to what I’ve seen, heard, and been privy to with current New York adoptee rights legislation.

Data, Information, and Interactive Maps on OBC Access