Press mentions on issues impacting adopted people in the United States.
Tens of thousands of children were adopted from other countries by parents in the U.S., only to discover as adults a quirk in federal law that meant they had never been guaranteed American citizenship. Much like the Dreamers, these adoptees are now fighting for legal status to ensure they can stay with the only homes and families they’ve ever known.
National Public Radio: Code SwitchWaiting in No Man’s Land (June 29, 2022 episode)
“The idea that your birth is secret and cannot be known is something that many adoptees internalize,” Luce said. “They feel that they should be ashamed about their birth.”
“Adoptee Rights Law Center founder Gregory Luce said people often forget that the original birth certificate ‘is not the birth parents’ birth certificate, it’s the adoptees’ birth certificate.'”
WBUR • State House News Service[Massachusetts] House passes bill opening access to adoptee birth certificates
“Gregory Luce is an immigration lawyer and also an adoptee. He helps adoptees without citizenship obtain legal status. He says this problem started because of neglect from the U.S. government. It only cared about getting the children into the arms of American parents, not what happens to them as an adult.”
National Public Radio: “All Things Considered”With ‘Blue Bayou,’ Filmmaker Justin Chon Asks: Who Decides Who Is American?
“Gregory Luce, a lawyer who tracks adoption laws, reports that only nine states allow adoptees unrestricted access to birth records. Indiana is among those that have begun to allow it under certain conditions, while 19 states and the District of Columbia still permit nothing without a court order.”
New York TimesFor 50 Years, I Was Denied the Story of My Birth
“‘Michigan has such a confusing and complex system that only lawyers or those invested in such a complicated bureaucratic framework could fully comprehend it,’ observes Greg Luce, a nationally recognized adoptee rights attorney.”
“Gregory Luce, a Minneapolis lawyer, is pulling together a national network of attorneys to help adoptees know their rights. For Luce, it’s personal. Born in Washington, D.C., in 1965 and adopted at a week old, he and his birth mother found each other years ago through an online voluntary registry, and he knows the identity of his birth father . . . .”
“‘At the heart of the issue is a complicated and secretive system set up for adoption records,’ said Greg Luce, attorney and founder of the Adoptee Rights Law Center in Minnesota.”
“Gregory Luce, Libberton’s immigration attorney, has helped multiple people in this situation and said differences in the law mean that some adoptees automatically become U.S. citizens, depending on their age and which visa they entered on. But those who do not get automatic citizenship must go through the naturalization process; Luce noted that the fee, which is $725 and does not include paying an attorney, can be prohibitive.”
“Indeed, many birth mothers report they didn’t choose and weren’t legally guaranteed lifelong ‘anonymity’ from surrendered sons and daughters, says Gregory Luce, a lawyer and founder of the Adoptee Rights Law Center, based in Minneapolis.”
“‘Adopted adults are discovering they are not citizens after thinking they were Americans all their lives,’ said Gregory Luce, an immigration and adoptee rights lawyer in Minneapolis.”
“‘An OBC is an essential vital record that everyone has access to except adoptees,’ said Greg Luce, founder of the Adoptee Rights Law Center.”
The Imprint: Youth and Family NewsAdoptees Gaining Ground in the Fight to Open Birth Records
“‘It’s hard to underestimate what this bill signals and what . . . (it) will mean for equal rights legislation in other parts of the country,’ said Gregory D. Luce, an attorney and founder of the Adoptee Rights Law Center. ‘New York got it right. It has made it equal for adopted people and it has now set the bar for other states to follow.'”
“And as far as privacy goes, Gregory Luce, an attorney and founder of the Adoptee Rights Law Center in Minneapolis, argues that getting direct access to a birth certificate is often more private than an internet search, which may turn up distant relatives.”
Pew Charitable Trusts: StatelineAdoptees Press States for Access to Original Birth Certificates
“‘At its core, what this new law does is discriminate against adoptees,’ said Luce, founder of Adoptee Rights Law, a Minnesota-based law firm that provides legal advocacy and representation for adult adoptees.”
South Bend TribuneFinding answers: New Indiana law unseals records for adoptees
Adoption’s Unfinished Business: A Roundtable Discussion with Mary Cardaras, Gabrielle Glaser, Gregory Luce, and Gonda Van Steen
The Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture • Eighth Biennial ConferenceOctober 22, 2021 (Virtual Conference)
“Personal Truth, Collective Fiction, and the United States of Secrecy,” part of Discussing Adoption: Driving Positive Outcomes in the Search for Knowledge, Past and Present
American Ancestors • New England Historic Genealogy SocietyOnline Conversation Course • Q&A on November 15, 2021
United States Congressional Staff Briefing: Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2021, hosted by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute
United States Congress | Staff BriefingPanel Discussion and Overview • October 12, 2021
“Adoptee Deportee: How Transnational Adoption Became an ‘Immigration Problem.'”
Immigration History Research Center | University of Minnesota,Panel Discussion • March 18, 2021
Selected Interviews and Podcasts
In addition to the interviews listed below, I am also the producer and host of the Adoptees United podcast What Next: The Adoptee Rights Podcast, available wherever you listen or download your podcasts.
Greg helps adopted people navigate legal challenges in obtaining their own original birth certificates, securing U.S. citizenship, and seeking information to which they are entitled.
Pulled By The Root – Amplifying Adoption IssuesPodcast Episode 35: Greg Luce
Greg shares his story and brings clarity into the murky, secretive world of adoptees’ rights. Fascinating insights to help adoptees understand their identity.
Thriving Adoptees: Inspiration for Adoptive Parents & AdopteesUnderstanding Adoptees’ Rights With Greg Luce, Adoptee & Adoptee Rights Lawyer
“I am excited to introduce you to Gregory Luce today, the attorney behind Adoptee Rights Law. We get to hear some of Greg’s personal story today, including the five-year court battle it took for him to receive his records.”
AdopteesOnPodcast Episode 182
“In this symposium, we gather contributors that reflect not only an array of scholarly disciplines, but a range of lived experiences related to adoption, including adopted people, birth/first parents, and adoptive parents.” — Symposium, Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard Law School