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Michael Gaskin said:   March 1, 2012 8:42 am PST
I am an adptoee who stands firm in restoring the Rights of us adoptees acquiring our Original Birth Certificates. As mentioned, at a certain age we can defend our country, drive, etc., but we are denied access to our own lineage, nationality, ethnicity,etc., all because of an out-dated and cruel law that denies us this access. There are particular health issues which are genetic, yet we cannot know of these matters because of this law that denies us the knowledge to know who we truly are. Their are states that allow adoptees to have this access, but htis access shouldn't be limited, it should be a RIGHT!! The Right to know who we are as Americans/Citizens.

Marie Malloy said:   February 26, 2012 9:10 am PST
My sister in law was adopted by her aunt & uncle. she knew her birth mother as an "aunt." Her birth mother & adoptive parents have all passed. She would like a true copy of her birth certificate - she is 72 yrs. old now! and still cannot obtain it!

Rod Shinners said:   February 1, 2012 12:32 pm PST
Keep on trying, everybody. We've got to get through this heartbreak. I'm searching for my adult child born 11/65. It's very frustrating. If anyone lives in NY State, please support the upcoming Adoption Rights Bill by writing or calling your Legislators

Donna Remaley said:   December 18, 2011 2:08 pm PST
I am a 49 year old adoptee. My birth mother found me when I was 31 years old. The reunion ended badly. She would not tell me who my birth father was. All I wanted to know was his name. I do not want anything from him, just to know who he is. My birth mother has another child 2 years older than me whom she kept. My birth father and his according to her is different. When I asked her why my half brother knows who his birth father is, she told me that he knew because she raised him. If he and all those who were not adopted can have have access to their birth certificates, why can't I? Why can't all adoptees??? What happened to our civil rights as citizens of this United States???

Rodney Shinners said:   December 4, 2011 10:25 pm PST
I am in support of everyone here. This secrecy is shameful. I am searching for my child born in Nov.1965 with the help of a great search angel. This is like fishing when you have no idea where the fish are. I found the mother; she wants nothing to do with the adult child. I expect her to file a blackball letter to protect her secret if the NY legislation goes through.

Sondra (Sondi) Hill said:   May 22, 2011 7:58 am PST
Am a birthmother of 47 yr old son who I found in 1992 - reunited for almost 20 yrs. We are blessed to be in each other's lives... love & honor of his A-mom and A-dad for taking such good care of him. My son should have his original birth certificate like every other American!! There was no promise of confidentiality for birthmother's - think about it... we were not respected, why would they give us confidentiality? "They" endorsed and wanted "secrecy" for the adoptive parents... & baby not "confidentiality" for the birthparents! There is a huge difference!

Carole Black said:   May 15, 2011 4:33 pm PST
My 37 year old daughter is a multiple transplant recipient (kidney/pancreas). She contracted diabetes at 12. We have been in and out of hospitals, specialists offices, etc for years all want to know the family history. There is none. All files locked down. She was adopted at 5 mo. in Monmouth Co. We don't want to find anyone just the medical history revealed. The current system is not fair and denies adoptees their medical records.

Nora Olmo said:   April 29, 2011 6:35 am PST
My life is a mistory. Reality is letting us grow and know who we are. However, we do have extended families somewhere out there. What about our medical history, etc. They maybe trying to look for us also.

Dick McQuade said:   April 21, 2011 7:21 pm PST
I'm a birthfather with a very good reunion with my daughter since 1997. I was an SP5 in the army from '66 to '68 at Ft Knox, Ky. It was good to see Pete at the AAC conference in Orlando last week, and I support adoptees' rights to their original birth certificates.

Patti Rubnitz said:   April 8, 2011 4:27 am PST
I am an adoptee and I found my birth mother over 20 years ago. Although no longer in contact, these laws protecting the rights of birth parents are stopping me from locating my full birth sibling. Without the permission of my birth mother there is little I can do, the agency will not help me because I know my birth mothers identity and the agency has promised my birth mother confidentiality. It's very hard to understand why, my sister and I are being kept apart and not able to make a decision as adults as to whether we would like to have a relationship. My birth mother already gave up her right to confidentiality when she opened the door for me, her other adopted child. I'm also being denied a copy of my own original birth certificate even though I have already met my birth mother. My reasons for seeing it is a little different, my birth mother lied about her identity when she placed me up for adoption, another womans name may appear on my certificate, that woman would like her name removed. This woman who is not my birth mother may have her name on a birth certificate of a child she never gave birth to. At this point we can not even get anyone to look at the certificate to confirm or deny. Who are these laws really protecting? I fully stand behind any initiatives that will give adoptees the same rights non- adoptees have! Non-adoptees have the right to build a relationship with their siblings, why am I being denied that right.

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