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Adoptee Rights

Why All U.S. States Should Allow Adoptees Access to Their Authentic Birth Certificates

Mirah Riben | Posted 12.21.2016 | Politics
Mirah Riben

At the present time only six U.S. states allow adopted citizens unrestricted access to their own authentic birth certificates (AL, AK, CO, KS, ME, OR). Eight other states allow access but with restrictions that do not apply to non-adoptees in those states.

Should Adult Adoptees Have Access to Their Birth Records?

Mirah Riben | Posted 11.07.2016 | Impact
Mirah Riben

Why should adoptees be singled out with restrictive laws that apply only to them when even convicted felons have unrestricted access to their birth certificates?

Should the Government Have the Right to Legislate Relationships?

Carol Schaefer | Posted 10.06.2016 | Politics
Carol Schaefer

Time is running out for adopted adults to meet the woman who brought them into this world. An estimated 2.6 million mothers in America surrendered their babies for adoption from 1951 to 1975, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Ten Questions Answered About Late Discovery Adoption

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 10.29.2016 | Parents
DaShanne Stokes

In my own experience, accidentally discovering that I was adopted was earth shattering. I found myself in an identity crisis in which everything I thought I knew about myself, including my family, my ancestry and cultural identity.

What Accidentally Discovering I Was Adopted Taught Me About Religious Freedom

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 09.25.2016 | Impact
DaShanne Stokes

In the summer of 1998, only a month after I turned 20, I accidentally discovered that I was adopted. The experience threw me into an identity crisis. It also had the curious effect of teaching me about religious freedom.

Adoptee Rights Are Your Rights, Too

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 08.12.2016 | Impact
DaShanne Stokes

Why deny adoptees their personal records and original birth certificates if it's against what most adoptees and their biological parents want? It makes no sense.

Former Foster Kid: Two Things I Wish They Knew

Hilary Holland Lorenzo | Posted 07.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Hilary Holland Lorenzo

It would be near impossible to find one who wouldn't be grateful to have an advocate with a strong voice until that foster kid is old enough and brave enough to be her own.

Rights of Adopted Persons at Risk in Pennsylvania

Mirah Riben | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics
Mirah Riben

A quiet civil rights movement is taking place in states across the country. Receiving far less publicity than marriage equality, you may not even be aware of the fight for equality by adopted citizens.

Bait and Switch Foils NYS Adoptee Rights

Mirah Riben | Posted 06.26.2016 | Politics
Mirah Riben

A New York bill allowing adults who were adopted as children to obtain access to their original birth certificates, was "destroyed" by members of the NY State Assembly before it passed by a 125-19 vote on June 18, according to members of the group New York Adoption Equality.

Adoptee Access to Birth Certificates Protects Their Parents' Privacy

Mirah Riben | Posted 06.27.2015 | Impact
Mirah Riben

As the nation watches the Indiana battle between religious freedom and discrimination against same sex couples, there is another, little known civil rights battle playing out in the Hoosier state.

Documenting Adoptee Searches for Self

Mirah Riben | Posted 01.25.2015 | Impact
Mirah Riben

What better time than National Adoption Awareness Month to share three documentaries about adoption from the perspective of adoptees? Film is a powerful way of conveying a story, bypassing the intellect and aiming directly at the heart.

Angelina Jolie: A Human Rights Issue That Needs You

Mirah Riben | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Mirah Riben

Adoptive parents like Brad and Angie are adamant that they love their adopted children the same as they would, or do, love the children born to them. They love them and treat them equally and want the best for all their children. But most states' laws do not treat adopted and non-adopted people equally.

A Calculation: The 'Orphan Crisis' in Ethiopia

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Frank Ligtvoet

Ethiopia is but one example of the many countries where the 'orphan crisis' plays out. There are, says the CHIFF website, 200,000,000 orphans. As in Ethiopia in all those other countries CHIFF will not make any difference in that crisis.

Real Parents in Adoption: A Paradigm Shift

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 02.03.2014 | Parents
Frank Ligtvoet

Of course that scary remark will come sooner or later: 'You are not even my real dad.' A child that is denied something 'utterly' important, or is 'unfairly' disciplined tries to find hurting words and comes up with the ones she or he thinks are the worst.