I’m close to announcing the finished Adoptee Rights Law website as well as the overall opening of the “Center.” I still need to move a few pieces into place, primarily on the homepage, but I also need to suss out a bit more detail about what I will actually be doing for clients and for adoptee-rights advocates.
One thing I have done in the last few weeks is review all 50 states (plus the District of Columbia) to get a better idea about the state of OBC access in the US. The review, however, was not just for my benefit—I also wanted to provide a resource to lawyers and adoptees and anyone else who needs to find the law in their state fairly quickly and easily. While there are other resources out there, I found some of them out of date and also fairly hard to use and understand, especially for non-lawyers.
As part of my review process, I also created a Google map to illustrate OBC access laws and where access is unrestricted, conditionally restricted, or completely restricted (by court order). You can jump to that map here.
As with nearly everything I do on the site and with Adoptee Rights Law, I depend on feedback to make it better. If you notice something that is off or doesn’t quite jibe with your own experiences, let me know. The map will change over time to reflect any changes in the law, as well as improvements in design.