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Medical records should be available. The kids need
to know what their
risks are. Names,
however, should be
at the parents’ discretion.
Janelle LaMotte Shumaker
I believe you are promised
you make the very
hard decision to give
up your child. That
should be respected.
Everyone talks about protect-
ing the biological
parents’ rights to
privacy, but what
about the rights of
the child they gave birth to?
The information in my original
birth certificate is
mine. The information
in my adoption file is
mine. Sealing and hid-
ing them behind the courts does
not change the essential truth that
these things belong to me.
I am an adoptee and can tell you
that any interest I
have to “know where
I came from” doesn’t
trump the rights of
my birth parents to their privacy. ©
Melissa Strate Rassas
As a foster parent and adoptive
mother I know the
issues these children
have from not know-
ing where they came
from and [their] feeling of aban-
donment and questions even with
a loving family. I think adoptive
adults should have access to the
records if they want it.
Should it be mandatory
to give adult adoptees
full access to their birth
records if they want it?
IN MOST U.S. states, adoption records are sealed
after the adoption is finalized. Some say adult adoptees
should automatically have full access to their birth
records, including the names of their birth parents.
Others argue that birth parent privacy should be
protected if the parents want it.
What do you think?
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