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Adoption Records Should Be Unsealed. Lorraine Dusky. Opposing Viewpoints: Adoption. Ed. Mary Williams. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2006. About this Publication How to Cite Source Citation Adoption Records Should Be Unsealed Table of Contents: Further Readings Lorraine Dusky, “Birth Mothers, Adoptees Have Right to Records,” Women’s eNews, December 29, 2004. Reproduced by permission. "[Adoptees] are the ones whose rights should be tantamount." Adult adoptees should have legal access to their original birth certificates, argues Lorraine Dusky in the following viewpoint. Open records make it easier for adoptees to seek out their birth parents and learn about their heritage, a right that should not be denied to any adult, Dusky explains. Moreover, contrary to the claims of open-records critics, the majority of birth mothers do not wish to remain anonymous to their children. Most, in fact, have a strong desire to meet their offspring, she points out. Dusky is the New York state representative to the American Adoption Congress and the author of the memoir Birthmark . As you read, consider the following questions: 1. Which states allow adult adoptees access to their original birth certificates, according to Dusky? 2. Which organizations have opposed open-records laws, according to the author? 3. What percentage of birth parents filed a "no contact" preference in Oregon in 2004, according to the author? O n Monday, Janet Allen plans to walk into the Division of Vital Records Administration in Concord, N.H., and ask for a copy of her original birth certificate. It will be the first time she can legally obtain it. Allen, 51, a state legislator, was adopted as an infant. In New Hampshire, where she was born and adopted, Allen has been denied the right to that singular piece of paper that contains the answer to one of life's most basic questions: Who am I? The change in the
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law occurs . .. New Years Day, 2005. As one of the people who worked for the bill's passage, Allen will be first in line. "I am no longer a child and am delighted to finally have the same rights as non-adopted adults," she says. "The law now guarantees that no one will ever again have to go before a judge to beg, plead and be humiliated for a piece of paper that belongs to him." Why does it matter so much to her and thousands of other adopted people in the state? Because her original birth certificate—not the amended one she's had most of her life— contains the names of her birth parents, and thus the key to her identity and origin. With the names, adopted people can search out their natural parents and perhaps obtain not only answers, but also updated medical information as well as the possibility of an ongoing relationship. Open-Records States
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