All Americans, adopted or not, have a right to access government records about their own lives. That’s why we are organizing an Adoptee Rights Demonstration, a rally and protest in Philadelphia, PA, at 11 AM on July 21, 2009. This rally will coincide with the opening day of the Legislative Summit of the National Conference of State Legislators.
Adult adoptees in most of the advanced, industrialized nations of the world have unrestricted access to their original birth records as a matter of right. In contrast, adult adoptees in all but six states in the U.S. are forbidden unrestricted access to their own original birth certificates, due to archaic laws that are a legacy of a culture of shame that stigmatized infertility, out-of-wedlock birth and adoption.
Adult adoptees and their supporters have worked diligently in different states for decades to overturn these laws, but have been opposed by well-funded lobbies representing certain adoption agencies and lawyers who have a vested interest in keeping adoptee records closed. Their unsupported claims that access violates dubious privacy rights or will increase abortions and decrease adoptions have been categorically refuted by data from states with laws recognizing the rights of adoptees, by studies such as the recently published paper from the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, and by court decisions affirming the constitutionality of access laws.
Please join us in Philadelphia as we fight to restore our dignity and equality! If you can’t attend the demonstration, you can still help. Participate in our writing campaign to inform all state legislatures of the urgency of unsealing our records to restore the equality of adoptees in the United States. Help spread the word about the protest on your blog, or to any groups or mailing lists you belong to.
Make a difference, be a part of history and get involved today!
Adoptee Rights Demonstration 2009 Your Rights -- Your Protest
Who are the defenders of the status quo in the adoption realm? When the major child advocacy and adoption organizations support equal access to records for adult adoptees, why do we still live (and die) under the sealed record in most of America's states? Who is paying full-time lobbyists and religious organizations to oppose the truth that sets people free? Visit the web pages below and find out.
The American Center for Law and JusticeThe ACLJ is the Pat Robertson-founded legal organization that provides the polarized image to the American Civil Liberties Union. It is three attorneys from the ACLJ who, along with four individuals and an adoption agency, filed a class-action suit against Tennessee's equal access to adoption records law. ACLJ Statement of PurposeThis page outlines the history, goals, and more about the American Center for Law and Justice. Christian Broadcasting NetworkThe Reverend Doctor Pat Robertson's web page offered a transcript of a CBN story about the Tennessee lawsuit. An interesting article that equates those who believe in open records with those who favor abortion, and also states the fact that the Tennessee open records challenge is the first case ever brought by the ACLJ of Tennessee. Are you a Christian who is opposed to abortion but who favors open adoption records? A member of the 700 Club who favors open adoption records? Why not drop the Reverend Robertson a line when you visit his web page? National Council For AdoptionHere is a national organization employing full-time paid lobbyists who claim to speak for waiting children, adoptive parents, birth parents, and all adoptees. The NCFA has a long history of coming into states that are contemplating legislative change such as making the adoptee's original birth certificate available to the adoptee and persuading legislators, through bogus and unfounded arguments, that open adoption records will cause more abortions and fewer adoptions. Find out who is speaking for you and what they are saying. NCFA Member Agency ListHere is an interesting list of mostly Latter Day Saint and Gladney-affiliated adoption agencies for anyone who wants to know who supports the National Council For Adoption, and, presumably, their goals in the United States. American Life LeagueThe American Life League joined with the NCFA as an amicus curiae in the Tennessee access to adoption records case. ALL is located at P. O. Box 1350, Stafford VA 22555. Voice: 540-659-4171; FAX 540-659-2586; BBS 540-659-7111. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Christian CoalitionThe Christian Coalition joined the NCFA as amicus curiae in the Tennessee lawsuit. Eagle ForumEagle Forum can be found at 316 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 203, Washington DC 20003. Tel. 202-544-0353; FAX 202-547-6996. They joined the TN case as amicus curiae. Family Research CouncilThe FRC joined the TN case with the NCFA as amicus. They are at 700 13th Street, NW, Washington DC 20005. Tel. 202-393-2100. They sponsor an internet conference at FRC-INFO@NETCENTRAL.NET Hear My VoiceHear My Voice opposes open adoption records and has stated so by joining the case against the new Tennessee law. They are at 1100 N. Main Street, Suite 119, Ann Arbor MI 48104-1059. Tel. 1-800-95-VOICE. Email: email@example.com
Other individuals and organizations opposing open adoption records:
Adoptees Supporting Adoption
Adoption Advocates of Iowa
Adoptive Parents Committee of New York participants in the Doe v. Sundquist lawsuit.
Aaron Britvan, Esq., participant in the Doe v. Sundquist lawsuit, Co-Chairman of the Adoption Committee of the New York State Bar Association Law Office 7600 Jericho Turnpike Woodbury NY 11791-0000 Tel. 516-433-1555 or 516-496-2222 FAX 516-496-3450
National Coalition to End Racism in America's Child Care System
Samuel C. Totaro, Esq., Kellis & Totaro Suite 100, 3325 Street Road Bensalem PA 19020-2025 Tel. 215-244-1045, FAX 215-244-0641
International Concerns Committee for Children
Are you a member of or contributor to any of the above organizations? Get educated on the issues and let them know how you feel about your rights being violated!
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