Sunday, October 24, 2010

Private Investigator News: Adoptees in search of their past

"In the dictionary between "abstract" and "astray," the word "adoptee" describes the millions of Americans whose biological roots were cut. Those in open adoptions (typically born since the 1980s) know their roots. But many from closed adoptions long to learn who they were before they were planted into their adoptive families.

Blocking their way is the closed adoption record, imposed by states in the early- to mid-1900s. As the stigma of "illegitimacy" fades, though, activists from the adoption triad (adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents) have rallied for open records, with mixed results.

Only Alaska and Kansas had open records all along. That is, adoptees can get their original birth certificates (OBCs), which differ from the amended versions issued at adoption. Other states' laws run the gamut from "open" to "closed," and are rife with rules."
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