July 21, 2009

A Big Cheer...

... for the awesome people who organized today's demonstration for adoptee rights in Philadelphia.

The group is fighting to give every American--including my son and his first mom*-- access to his or her original birth certificate. Why Philly? Because all sorts of state legislators are gathered there for a conference and they have the power to restore this civil right to adoptees.

They'll being doing the same in Louisville next year and there are lots of ways that we can support them. Check it out!

* Firefly and Beth were born in states with open records.


Debbie B said...

That's great. Makes me glad that we have our daughter's original birth certificate.

Sam said...

I wish everyone had access to their genetic past!

Parenthood For Me said...

I wanted to say congratulations for your recognition in AF Magazine. Great list!

Malloryn said...

How can you find out which states have open records? I'd be curious about PA... thanks!

Adoptee Rights Philadelphia said...

Thanks so much for posting this!

Malloryn, sadly PA is abysmal in it's treatment of adopted adults. They cannot get their birth certificates unless notarized permission forms are submitted by both of their first parents. That's so insulting. What basic right should any adult require permission from their parents for?

The six open states right now are Oregon, Alabama, Kansas, Alaska, New Hampshire and Maine.

Thanks again for posting this!

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