8 Reasons Why Adoptees Should Have Access to Their Original Birth Certificates

I luckily live in a state that recently enacted a law opening up birth certificates for adoptees that were 18 and up. The lawyer in our adoption finalization was also able to make a photo copy of my son’s original before it was sealed and changed reflecting us as his parents. But not everyone is lucky enough to have those two things for their adopted children. This article addresses the reason it is important for an adoptee to have access to his birth certificate.

Every adoptee should have access to his or her birth certificate.

Adoptees should have access to their original birth certificates, and it should not have to be a debate to give this access. Genealogy has been around since the start of human existence. For many, it is a basic fundamental desire to want to learn about your roots, and for all, it is a basic human right to have access to these roots. Adoptees should not be denied access to the basic information that will help them to be able to participate in this widespread human endeavor. Here is why:

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Sarah - Content Specialist for adopting.org, is a mother both biologically and through domestic infant open adoption. She resides with her husband and two boys in Ohio. She is passionate about open adoption and adoption education. In her free time she enjoys cooking, photography, writing, and hiking. You can find more of her adoption work at Heart For Open Adoption on Facebook or on Adoption.com.

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