Forty years ago, Minnesota enacted the nation’s first compromised system of access to original birth certificates. The damage continues today.
The security and legal structures surrounding access to original birth certificates are immense, complex, confusing, and humiliating, specifically for adult adoptees who are forced to maneuver through such systems.
I’m initiating a project today to collect stories and facts about the adoptee experience in getting what’s rightfully theirs. Including stories of people who don’t want to request anything.
An adoption attorney, for the most part, represents adoptive parents in facilitating and securing adoptions. An adoptee-rights lawyer works for one thing: securing civil and legal rights for adult adoptees.
As part of a 50-state review, I created a map to illustrate where access to an original birth certificate is unrestricted, conditionally restricted, or completely restricted.
Independent Adoption Center, which operated in at least eight states, recently went bankrupt. What happens to its adoption records? We sent letters to find out.