Let’s Give Adoptees Their Original Birth Certificates

If you are not adopted, you take your birth certificate for granted. It’s a piece of paper you’ve had forever, with facts about your parents and your birth that you’ve known about all your life.

But if you’re adopted, the original birth certificate is like a piece of gold. I just got mine two years ago and feel lucky to have it. Without it, I would be completely in the dark about my birth mother Lillian’s identity, which is part of my identity, too.

me and the BC best

That’s my original birth certificate

Many adopted adults can’t get their original birth certificates because of old-fashioned state laws that keep those records sealed. That’s not fair. I think other adoptees should be able to learn about their origins without having to jump through a million hoops or spend gobs of money.

I signed Sandy Musser’s petition, which would restore original birth certificates to adult adoptees. Sandy, an adoption reform activist, wants to take her petition straight to the White House. She hopes to convince President Obama to enact an executive order, which would restore the OBCs to every adult adoptee in America “in one fell swoop because it is a civil and constitutional right.” I’m with you, Sandy.

If you’re reading this, take a moment to add your name to Sandy’s petition. The more signatures, the more likely this drive will make a difference.

3 thoughts on “Let’s Give Adoptees Their Original Birth Certificates

  1. Growing up, not knowing my heritage, medical history, my identity, etc. was traumatic in many ways. I am one of the few lucky ones who found my birth family (@ 37 years old). I support giving adoptees their original birth certificates.

    1. Hi Dana. I feel more complete knowing the truth about my parents, or at least my biological mother. Bio dad remains a mystery. What did you have to go through to find your birth family?

  2. I was able to obtain a copy of my original birth certificate several years ago. I remembered everything about my adoption. I had to send them $5.00 to get it. I was 7 at time of adoption, so I remember both parents names, and all my siblings

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