Adoption and open records

I want to learn more about birth parents, adoption, adopted children and agreements or disagreements about whether birth records should be open, under open records laws. This blog looks like a good place to start.


5 responses to “Adoption and open records

  1. I urge you to take a look at the Bastard Nation website,

    As an adult adoptee, I feel that access to all the records concerning my birth, adoption, and identity are my civil right, and that all adoptees should have unrestricted access to them as soon as they become adults. I also feel that it’s nobody else’s business.

    Open records for adult adoptees have always existed in Kansas and Alaska, and adoptees have had successful campaigns for opening records in Oregon, New Hampshire, Alabama, and (as of yesterday) Maine.

    Thank you for your interest in this issue. It is one that deserves more attention and discussion!

  2. Well, birth records for non-adopted individuals are typically public. The only rational policy reasons for not publishing adopted parents are the desire to promote the birth and adoption choice among at-risk (for abortion or child neglect) mothers, and the voluntarily made private decision of the mother (that is to protect the mother’s privacy, not the child’s, which is why children have a hard time getting the records in most states).

    There a wave of laws now allowing mothers amnesty for anonymously dropping off unwanted children at a Hospital or a Law Enforcement Agency’s Doorstep without prosecution or questions designed to protect children against infanticide in unwanted situations by giving them an incentive and outlet. Infanticide is a compelling enough reason for me to support a limited exemption in this case and the loss of information and harm to you in not having complete information on your identity, which I’d note is probably not your “civil right” (a “civil right” is something you intrinsically possess as a human — since “records” didn’t exist in pre-recorded history, access to them is hardly instrinsic, so weighing the right, albeit “lesser-right” than life (the right to life – ignoring for a moment the meta-physical question of when life begins) is obviously going to easily outweigh your claim. I’d note, I don’t see “liberty” (“life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness”) as a “lesser” right than life – liberty is the right to be free of restraint (slavery) or undue regulation (other than regulations against taking the liberty of others) – and while an eternal question rages as to the relative weight of liberty to life (“Give me liberty or give me death” of the Revolution, we fought a Civil War against the private/states’ right of slavery) – both rights are fundamental to what it means to be human and hence civil rights.

  3. Aaaah chetly aaa you make-a no sense! Maybe you should research adoption eh? Records were sealed in my state to protect adoptive parents from the shame of infertility, further more states like KS never sealed the records

    but you a no care now do you?

    Furthermore your whole civil rights as having to be tied to prewritten history is just about the silliest thing I have ever heard ” Civil Rights.Are rights held by individuals and groups derived from the social contract – the common consent of society at large to the rules under which its members live. The term relates in particular to the ideas outlined by Rousseau in The Social Contract. ”

    The right to vote, the right to education, fair housing etc, are civil rights, the rest of your post is all fuzzy headed too, BUT am not going to argue with a person who doesn’t even grasp the concept of civil rights and thinks it has something to do with cavemen. Good luck I am hoping you are pretty cuz you are sure not…

  4. Um, no, I’m pretty sure you don’t know the definition of a civil right. The secret lies in the word “civil.” You’re thinking of a natural right. You’ll have to try harder if you want to look smart on the internet.

  5. Just for clarification, my comment was directed at chetlyzarko, not at joy21.

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