I have seen an increase in comments that domestic open adoption has solved the problem of the adult adoptee not having the same right to their Original Birth Certificate (OBC) as non-adopted, or, that the adopting parents obtained the child’s OBC prior to the adoption so their child won’t be denied the right.
Open adoption still has the records sealed, and when the adoptee reaches adulthood will still be denied the right to access to their OBC in a closed state.
Obtaining a copy of the OBC before the records were sealed, doesn’t mean your adopted child isn’t still denied the right as an adult to access their OBC in a closed state.
Neither of the above addresses the inherent difference between adopted people and non-adopted people.
Parents (first and adoptive) do you really want your children to be denied the same right to access a factual record of their birth (their OBC) that every non-adopted citizen enjoys, and the only reason they are denied is because they were adopted? I keep circling back to the desire I see by people in the community to make adoption be seen as a valid way to form a family – how can it be seen as valid when secrecy still exists to the point that such a basic right is denied only to those adopted? I also see how many adoptive parents in the community can rally together and write letters to get the adoption tax credit passed – where is the same fervor to get archaic laws changed so the child they adopt is not seen as less than a non-adopted person? What is stopping you from actively working for/supporting Adoptee Rights? If you have concerns can we talk about them?
If you support Adoptee Rights have you gone and talked to the wonderful people working to change the archaic laws at the Adoptee Rights Coalition to find out what you can do to help?