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An Adoptee-Focused Law Center

Original Birth Certificates

Some states recognize an adult adoptee's 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 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.

The United States of OBC

Who Holds Your Truth?

I 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

Take Action: NO on HB597

Take action today. Contact members of a Florida subcommittee to request a “NO” vote on HB597.

Is This the Year for Iowa?

Clean bills have made it out of the first legislative “funnel”—a deadline in Iowa for bills to be voted out of committee.

Data, Information, and Interactive Maps on OBC Access