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A History Lesson in Open and Closed Adoption

Have adoptions in America typically been open or closed? You may be surprised at the answer. The following article discusses the openness of early adoptions in America, and when changes were made. Adoption has not always been under the scope of public law and accordingly has been somewhat informal, but it has historically been quite open. If a child was … Read More

Rhode Island Opens Adoption Records for First Time

Adult Adoptees get Access to Birth Certificates in R.I. On July 2 2012, the state of Rhode Island began issuing original birth certificates to adult adoptees. Read the original new article and video published by The Providence Journal by going to: http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/ Video: An excerpt from the news article: PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Dozens of adults who had been adopted as … Read More

Weprin introduces Adoptee Bill of Rights

Recently, I read the following on my Facebook wall: “Assemblyman David Weprin introduced the adoptees bill of rights to give Adoptees access to their birth certificate and medical records at 18 on Sunday, November 13, 2011.” (Read the full article here) A comment was posted on my wall from a young person who was adopted: Lizzy: “Adopted or not…you should have access to … Read More

Adult Adoptees May Request Copies of Original Birth Certificates Beginning July 2012

Amendments to state law (R.I. Gen. Laws Sections 15-7, 23-3-1, 23-3-15) passed in July 2011 will allow Rhode Island-born adoptees age 25 and older to receive non-certified copies of their original, unaltered birth certificates from the State Office of Vital Records. (Non-certified copies of vital records are for informational purposes only and cannot be used for legal proof of identity, … Read More

Birth certificates and the right to know

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, … Read More