Please watch at least the first video clip from the news, these are the faces of the adoptee rights movement in Missouri. There is a clean bill working its way through the legislature. The sponsor/author is also an adoptee.
Upfront, the right to your original birth certificate is what adoptee rights are. What the adoptee chooses to do after, to search (or not search), is irrelevant to adoptee rights. One of the women in the above clip knew her parents names, reunited, but speaks to the point of adoptee rights, her right to original birth certificate she doesn’t have.
The arguments against adoptee rights should have nothing to do with reunion, but, of course, its front and center from those against an adoptee having the right to their OBC.
The first video includes a lobbyist from Catholic Charities who ‘estimates’ that 40% of mothers by birth do not want to be known. He does not qualify that estimate, we are just supposed to accept it as fact. When Washington state was considering changing the laws, if memory serves me right, they looked to states that have restored access to adoptees, specifically Oregon, and the minute number of requests not to be contacted, real data. To date, in Oregon, the number of parents by birth requesting no contact is 86. I do not know how many adoptees they estimated were born in Oregon, but I do know that per the last update (2015) they’ve sent out 11,476 OBC’s, and, to my knowledge, Oregon wasn’t one of the major states mothers were sent away to back in the BSE. States like Missouri were, they estimate 500,000 adoptees born there.
If you also watch the next video after the commercial, you will see Long, formerly from Catholic Charities (now a court approved searcher), testify that it is between 40% and 50% of mothers by birth who don’t want contact. I’d suggest, perhaps, it may be how Long presents it to the mothers by birth that is creating such a high percentage of refusals. I say that because her statistics aren’t the norm, even if you only look at stats from Catholic Charities in another state. The quote below finds a far different result in this 1999 report by CT Law Commission Review. I’m only showing results below from CC, but there are other adoption agencies quoted inside the report, some offer 95% agreement to release info by of mothers by birth. And, if that is what they were getting in 1999, consider how much has changed since then to reducing the stigma.
“For example, Catholic Family Services in Hartford receives about 250 requests per year for both identifying and nonidentifying information. The agency conducts about 100 searches per year. Nearly all of the searches are on behalf of adults who were placed for adoption as infants by birth parents consenting to termination of their parental rights. The agency reports that 90% of the birth parents contacted agree to release of identifying information. Because of the demand for search, the agency has a nine-month waiting list before search can be undertaken.”
The high percentage of mothers not wanting to be known quoted by Long in the 2nd video and CC Lobbyist in the 1st video is not the norm in any state I know up. It certainly hasn’t been shown in any of the states that have restored the rights to adoptees, ones with real data and no ‘horror’ stories.
It’s far past time for adoptee rights to be the norm in states, not the anomaly…if you want to have your voice heard, go talk to the Missouri Adoptee Rights Movement on FB to find out how you can help.