Why We Fight For Adoptee Rights

As one week from today is the Adoptee Rights Demonstration in Chicago, Illinois I would like to propose a celebratory meme. Even if you can’t physically be there, you can help pepper the internet air waves with news and the reasons why you support Adoptee Rights!

Why I Support Open Access to Original Birth Certificates

I have three reasons why I believe that Adoptee Rights is very important and why I dedicate my time to doing so:

#1: Open Records Equal Truth

It is my strong belief that WHEN all adoptees in the US are given back their human right to their own birth records, they will search in much larger numbers. For one, it won’t be a nearly impossible task and some of the “forbidden” stigma that surround searches will dissipate.

When they search , now they will find their biological families much easier. When an adoptee finds their original families that relinquished them, then they will hear the truth of their relinquishment and the true circumstances following their birth. This truth, I believe, no found in larger numbers, will begin to really blow down the house of cards the adoption industry has built upon all the secrets and lies. It is at that point, when adult adoptees, birthparents AND adoptive parents, realize that the adoption industry has lied to all of them, we will see an increase of people demanding transparency and reality to the adoption industry.
And that, my friends, makes OBC access the root of all other adoption reforms.

#2: Adoption Denies My Own Son His Civil Rights

While I still kick myself for NOT applying for , and receiving, Max’s original birth certificate before his adoption was finalized in 1987, that action would not have made the government treat him equally. Even if I had it in hand, we could not apply for another copy and therefore, my own son is not treated fairly due to his adoption. Massachusetts has a horrible updated law and his birth years are sandwiched out.
Since, it was my decisions that caused him to lose his civil rights, as a mother, it’s my job to right that wrong.

#3: I Care About My Friends

How many adoptees do I truly adore? How many to I love and really care about? How many are my friends? I cannot count, but this journey though adoption land has blessed me and I have met so many truly wonderful people and they too, like my son, deserve the right to be treated equally by our laws in this country.

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About the Author

Claudia Corrigan DArcy
Claudia Corrigan D’Arcy has been online and involved in the adoption community since early in 2001. Blogging since 2005, her website Musings of the Lame has become a much needed road map for many mothers who relinquished, adoptees who long to be heard, and adoptive parents who seek understanding. She is also an activist and avid supporter of Adoptee Rights and fights for nationwide birth certificate access for all adoptees with the Adoptee Rights Coalition. Besides here on Musings of the Lame, her writings on adoption issue have been published in The New York Times, BlogHer, Divine Caroline, Adoption Today Magazine, Adoption Constellation Magazine, Adopt-a-tude.com, Lost Mothers, Grown in my Heart, Adoption Voice Magazine, and many others. She has been interviewed by Dan Rather, Montel Williams and appeared on Huffington Post regarding adoption as well as presented at various adoption conferences, other radio and print interviews over the years. She resides in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband, Rye, children, and various pets.

4 Comments on "Why We Fight For Adoptee Rights"

  1. I am the administrator of a new Facebook page, Adoptee Equal Rights Task Force Wisconsin. We are a group of citizen volunteers from the Triad Group, actively engaged with WI State Legislators in getting WI Stat 48.433 (OBC law) changed to an unrestricted access to the adoptee original, unaltered birth certificate.

    Any comments or suggestions, are welcome.

  2. Industry SEO Troll | April 30, 2013 at 6:57 am |

    A quite an informative post which will beneficial for adopted persons, birth mothers and adoptive families.

    • Thank you. However, I will NOT allow links here, even as comments, from an adoption industry representative to a website that profits form the separation of mothers and children. Your comment can stand, but your links are gone.

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