Should adoptees have access to birth parents or should birth parents’ anonymity be protected?
The birth certificates of children who were given up for adoption have been locked up in metal filing cabinets in most states since the earlier part of this century—neither the adoptees, adopted parents, nor birth parents have access to them. Within the past few years, however, six states have passed legislation to open sealed birth certificates to all parties involved. For decades, adoptees have fought nation-wide to be able to see their own birth certificates.
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