Why is an original birth certificate such a big deal?...

Feb 24, 2013 by

Do you have a copy of your birth certificate? If you are not adopted, you probably take for granted your ability to walk in to the Vital Statistics office and request a copy of the document that proves you were born.   Adoptees have two birth certificates, the original document and an amended document issued when an adoption is finalized.  In many states, adopted adults do not have the right to a copy of the original birth certificate. Ohio congress is currently considering bills that would give all Ohio adopted adults the right to access their original birth certificates (I’m just going to call it an OBC).  Writing letters in support of this legislation has pushed me to be very clear about why I feel so strongly about an adopted person’s right to access this...

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The Power of a Story: Through the Lens of Adoption...

Feb 10, 2013 by

Growing up adopted meant that what I knew about the first three months of my life was confined to sterile details from a typewritten booklet prepared by adoption agency social workers.

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