Saturday, May 2, 2009


So, I've been wanting to blog about this for a while and I am finally getting around to it. There is an adoptee rights demonstration being held in Philadelphia, PA on July 21st of this year. I will be attending with some of my family and joining my friends who have introduced me to the event...(Hi JIM!!! THANK YOU Jim!!!)

For anyone who does not know, adopteed people do not have rights to their original birth certificates, often making our enterance to this world somewhat questionable. I should mention that FEW states DO allow adoptees to have a copy but still, just because you're adopted doesn't mean you should not have the REAL thing. While this may not seem like a big deal to some, I highly DOUBT you would dispose of YOUR childs birth certificate. If birth certificates weren't important, people wouldn't hold on to them.

SOOOO, a group of adopted people and their loved ones will be getting together to protest the laws that prevent adoptees from having access to their identity. While a change in law would not help me obtain my birth certificate (the international adoption system is FAR more jacked up) I am excited about participating so that my friends and fellow American people may one day have access to theirs.

I will be talking more about the demonstration and why it is important to me over the next few months. In the mean while, if you would like more information please click HERE and check it out.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.


jimm said...

Hey Rachel -

Thank you so much for posting this!
And thank you so VERY much for planning to be there!

Working at the State level to restore OBC access is critical, of course. This gathering will help show just how many states still deny their adopted adult citizens a copy of the record of their own birth.

You know how it feels. I'm sorry - it sucks that you can't have yours too. I hope that changes soon. These laws are unjust and punish those which they purport to protect.

Seantaku said...

Wow I had no idea! I'm glad your doing what your doing because that's pretty messed up.

Keep fighting the good fight! lol

I added you to my blogroll by the way ;-) Something I somehow forgot to do awhiles back.

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