As the saying goes, "The more things change, the more they stay the same."
It can't be more true than it is in the adoption world.
Great letter, Mara!
I'm an adopted person too, who had the proberbial "wonderful life" with the proverbial "wonderful parents."
But should that mean that I have to beg and grovel at the feet of those who hold MY documets, the records of MY birth? I have reunited, I know who my "birth" parents are, we have had an ongoing relationship for over 12 years now. And you know what? I STILL can not get copies of my original birth certificate because of archaic laws designed to "protect" them from me. Isn't that funny? What's to protect? I can call them up, go to their house, provide their names, telephone numbers, even favorite flavors of ice cream, but the state still thinks I shouldn't possess a piece of paper with their names on it.
I wonder how many readers here realize that the UK, Australia, and the rest of the western civilized world have already opened records and allow adopted citizens their information.
Why is it that the "leader of the free world" is so far behind the rest of the world in this respect?
It's a shame. I am ashamed of my country.
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vol XXIV issue 49
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