Open Records

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Learn about this issue that has the adoption community locked in debate. Sealed adoption records prevent adult adopted persons from obtaining personal information about themselves that is available to all other adults. The issue, supporters, opponents,

The Open Records Debate

This article examines all sides of the issue that has the adoption community up in arms.... [more]

Access to Records & Information

State regulations covering access to identifying and non-identifying (non-ID) information for each state. Includes contact details and information on Confidential Intermediaries (where available).... [more]

Open Records for Adult Adoptees

Adoptive parent and reunited adoptee Tim Roberts offers his rebuttal to the most commonly heard arguments against the right to access to birth records for adult adoptees.... [more]

Sealed Records: The Last Stigma

Sealed adoption records are the last piece of the wall built around adoption based on stigma.... [more]

Background Articles

Archived articles tracking open records legislation and advocacy campaigns that have resulted in allowing full or greater access to adoption records for adult adoptees.

Open Records Advocacy Groups

Local groups in cities and states around the nation and world advocating for access to adoption records for adult adoptees.

Action Alerts
Bastard Nation tracks ongoing legislation and hearings around the country.

Adoptees' Rights
Read what members of the adoption community have written about adoptees' rights to their OBCs. From The Seeker.

Adoption in Quebec: The Right to Know
The argument for opening the records in Quebec is presented along with efforts being made to effect changes. En Français

Birthmom Interview
Sunflower Birthmom Alana Miller supports open records.

Confidentiality Statutes
According to a report from the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, statutes in 26 jurisdictions place "confidentiality" under the control of adoptive parents.

"Help adult adoptees find birth parents"
Author Lorraine Dusky takes exception to those who claim to speak for birthmothers on open records.

"In The Best Interests of Whom..."
Author Marcy Axness examines the need for reform and the role of the Uniform Adoption Act, citing the Baby Richard case.

Legal Information
Articles and legal resources about sealed records.

Letting Go of David
A birthmother speaks out against sealed adoption records.

"Myths About Open Records"
Are adoptees "ungrateful?" Is there a connection between open records and abortion? A look at these myths and more.

National Adoption Registry Proposal
A discussion of the proposal from the National Center for Policy Analysis. See the Bill's current status.

Open Records in British Columbia
B.C. has had legal provisions for open records since 1996. Here's the text of the law; Part 5 gives the details.

Open Records Laws
An overview of the status of open records laws in the US, by Madelyn Freundlich of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute.

"Sealed Adoption Records: Knowing and Noing!"
In 1985, adoptee Doug Loomer wrote this paper, proposing disclosure vetoes, for a law class.

"The Case For Open Adoption Records"
By Kate Burke, from the American Adoption Congress, Spring 1996, Vol. 13, No. 1.

The Presbyterian General Assembly
Gave its unanimous vote to truth in adoption.

The UAA in Pennsylvania
"Who Am I?" News article from the Philadelphia City Paper, dated 04/22/99.

Why We Need Adoption Reform
A look at the Business of adoption and the need for open records, by Sharon Bakos, M.D.
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