Adam Pertman on Adoptee Rights

12 Jan
Adam Pertman has a op-ed at Huff Post.  I commented but have not seen it approved yet under the user name Doyouknowyourname.  Please consider commenting.
A Civil Right: Adoptees Should Have Access to Their Birth Certificates

Posted by on January 12, 2011 in Ethics



5 responses to “Adam Pertman on Adoptee Rights

  1. Von

    January 13, 2011 at 12:20 am

    Goes without saying but if it reaches the unconverted well and good.


  2. sundayk

    January 13, 2011 at 12:34 am

    I don’t think many people even realize that adoptees original birth certificates are sealed and altered. I think pieces like this go a long way to opening their eyes.


  3. The adopted ones

    January 13, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    I certainly hope so but looking at the comments today there does not seem to be any acceptance from some. It just seems to wrong to me. And the adoptive parents posting who have open adoptions and are for the change are not making the point that even open adoptions still seal the OBC if the state is closed…

    Sunday – not sure why your comments don’t automatically approve like Von’s and others…sorry for that.


  4. Raven

    January 24, 2011 at 8:18 am

    I didn’t wade through all the comments, but from the ones I did read, it seems like several of the posters have taken it upon themselves to speak for the “biomoms” legal right to privacy. (And as usual, they aren’t birth mothers—in fact, they’re men.) Bullshit, bullshit, bullshit. I am a natural mother, and I was never promised anything of the sort when I signed those surrender papers. I was never promised privacy or confidentiality or anything of the sort. I have combed through my copies of the paperwork (standard surrender documents used in California in 1972,) and I have never seen anything come close to promising me lifelong confidentiality.

    The NCFA is brilliant in its madness. The organization has discovered a way to hinder adoptee rights to access their own birth records by putting the blame back onto birth mothers wanting their privacy. Even if they did want their privacy, why should their rights supercede those of the adoptee? If adoption is truly something done in the “best interests of the child,” then the child’s rights should always come first. And every single human being on this planet has the God-given right to know whose blood they carry in their veins, who their ancestors are, what their family’s medical history is. My god, everyone has the right to know who created them and brought them into the world…and everyone has the right to know their own given name at birth.


  5. The adopted ones

    January 24, 2011 at 1:33 pm


    I saw the same male poster over and over again…and as you know I have the surrender document and no where is their any promise.

    My question to the agencies is are they still telling mothers who chose closed they have the right to privacy even now knowing that states are overturning the closed records laws and nothing specific in the law provides it to the mother? My guess is yes and is blatantly unethical.

    My other concern is that states that include a veto or preference option the mothers who chose closed may be provided with that document at surrender and not realize the full implication if they say ‘no’ OR that they can change their minds later.




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