Adoptee's Right to Know
December 17, 2006 3:56pm CST
Congress currently seals adoption records from the adoptee's. Do you think adoptees should not be treated like second class citizens? Do you think adopted children/teens/adults should have the right to know their history?
• United States
12 Apr 08
I absolutely believe that adoptees should have the right to know.... if they choose. I'm not quite sure what you're talking about as far as sealing records. I am an adoptee and my adoption was a closed one. These days, many adoptions are open with contact being and remaining open between the birth parent(s) and adoptive parents/families and the child. Keep in mind though, not every adoptee wishes to know, and not every adoptee cares to search. The option should always be there unless the adoptee doesn't want to be listed or found, or the parent(s) do not wish to be listed or found. It's hard to make a hard and fast rule about this because there are many reasons children are given up or maybe removed from their families and adopted by another. One thing that can be important for all adoptees is health information. It would be nice to have a database of this information available and passed on without identifying characteristics in case someone needs health history due to a disease, injury, or situations which arise with their families and children.
12 Apr 08
As an adoptee I disagree with my records being kept from me. I hate the fact that it's MY file, MY records, MY original birth certificate and yet I'm the only one NOT allowed to have access to them!! An adoptee should have every right to know our origins, where we came from, our medical history, it's part of us and who we are.