The Power of Connection – Ohio Adoptees Continue the Journey...

Jan 23, 2016 by

March 20, 2015 was a cool, rainy day in Columbus, Ohio. Umbrellas in hand, hundreds adoptees and supporters gathered together in a downtown hotel lobby to march several blocks to the Bureau of Vital Statistics office to claim their long-awaited right to request their original birth record. The energy in the crowd during that march to the Vital Statistics office was incredible! Lots of chatter and emotion… everyone in the crowd knew this was a life-changing day. As adoptees waited in line for their turn to hand over a completed request form and $20 in exchange for a piece of paper that had, until today, been sealed —  they bonded. Some continued conversations that had begun the night before at the Opening Day Eve celebration hosted by Adoption Network Cleveland. Others talked with spouses,...

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Celebrate Ohio’s Success with Activism...

Mar 17, 2015 by

On a warm summer day in 1982, I took a day off work. Not to enjoy a day in the sun, but to make the drive to the Bureau of Vital Statistics in Columbus, Ohio to get a copy of my birth certificate. My ORIGINAL birth certificate. Thanks to an article in the local paper, I had learned just days before that I had a right to get a copy of the birth certificate that was issued at the time of my birth. As an adoptee, the only birth certificate I had ever laid eyes on contained the name of my adoptive parents. Until I read that article, I had no idea that all I had to do was make a request and that important piece of paper was mine. Because of that article,...

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Philomena and Adoption Reform (Yes, they are related)...

Mar 3, 2014 by

The Oscar-nominated movie, Philomena, has created a great deal of buzz. It isn’t often that the effects of adoption practices in the Baby Scoop Era are widely discussed outside of adoption circles. Philomena Lee (the original, not Judi Dench) is in the audience at the Oscars tonight — she even got a shout-out from host Ellen Degeneres!

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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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