The short version: Not all Adult Adoptees born in the USA are allowed as adults to request, and receive, their Original Birth Certificate (OBC) that non-adopted have the right to receive.
Which Adoptees are denied the right: If they were born in a state that still has sealed records laws on the books.
You think your child is exempt because you have an open adoption: No, they still are denied the right by the state of their birth to request, and receive, their Original Birth Certificate if that state that still has sealed records laws on the books covering the year your child was born.
You made sure you got a copy of your child’s Original Birth Certificate before it was sealed: Thank you for doing that on behalf of your child. Your child is still denied the same right as non-adopted to request, and receive, their Original Birth Certificate if the state they were born in is a sealed records state covering the year they were born.
You still don’t understand why this is such an issue to Adult Adoptees: Perhaps the words of New Jersey State Senator Diane Allen will make sense, especially the third paragraph down.
“TRENTON — Before Sen. Diane Allen (R-Burlington) voted to approve her bill today that would allow adults who were adopted to obtain their birth certificates, she apologized.
As the legislation’s sponsor for the last 17 years, Allen said she regrets its supporters have returned repeatedly to testify — each time revealing intensely personal details about how difficult it has been not knowing more about their identity and medical history. Birth certificates for people who were adopted have been sealed in New Jersey since 1940 and legislative efforts to unseal them have failed since 1980. Gov. Chris Christie conditionally vetoed a similar measure two years ago.
“It’s a civil rights issue and it’s appalling to me we treat people this poorly,” Allen said. “We have made them a separate class, an inferior class, because they were adopted. How absurd is that?””
Right now, to the best of my knowledge – the following states have Adoptee Rights Bills in progress. Links below are to the Facebook pages of the Adoptee Rights State groups working to get the Bills through the legislature, and if there is no link you can go to the American Adoption Congress Facebook page or the Adoptee Rights Coalition Facebook page which will have posts about them, which stage they are at, what the public (you) can do to support passing the Bill.
Colorado – SB 14-051
Connecticut – Bill number not yet assigned
Georgia – HB 524
Hawaii – Bill 2188
New Jersey – S 873
New York – A909
Pennsylvania – HB 162
Adoptee Rights State Facebook page that doesn’t seem to have active legislation but may be in progress of finding support (remember, I’ve been wrong before)… Oklahoma.
I would also like to point out that at least to the Representatives in Georgia – voices in support living in other states makes a difference, so even if you live in a different state – consider sending some emails to support Adoptee Rights to State Representatives in different states. You will find who to email in the above links or Claud at Musings of the Lame – has created a great post listing how you can help in much greater detail that what I have above. Adoptee Rights Bills to Support in 2014
Thanks in advance for emailing on behalf of Adoptee Rights…