Even though National Adoption Month is more about the adoptions out of foster care that are happening today, or the open adoptions from birth that are happening today, there is more to the subject of adoption than that for me.
In forty-four states, adoptees are not allowed access to their original birth certificates.
In the other six, high fees may apply. In addition, some require the use of an intermediary to grant (or not grant) permission for access to the birth certificate.
I would have thought nothing of this a few years ago. That is, until my father decided to search for any evidence of birth parents still alive or at the very least, birth family.
Lori, a local blogger pal, is raising money for AdopteeRights, an organization that fights on behalf of those like my father, those born before open adoption came to be. Please comment on her post – for each comment, SixSeeds will donate $2 to AdopteeRights this month.
(As an aside, I would like to congratulate Elizabeth and her husband on the finalization of their daughter’s adoption a few days ago.)