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From NOLA to Philly - The Adoptee Rights Demonstrations

Over six million adopted persons in the United States are denied access to their original birth certificates.

This is discrimination.

No legislation or any adoption contract states why a birth certificate is sealed from the person born. It is a known fact that relinquishing mothers do not seal their childrens birth certificates; state governments seal the birth certificates upon finalization of an adoption.

What are we asking from our State Legislators?

To end the discrimination against adopted persons, by proposing state legislation that will give all US adopted persons restored access to their own birth certificates.

This will give all citizens in every jurisdiction of the United States equal access to state-issued original birth documents.

Our goal is to maintain a presence at the Annual Summit of the National Conference of State Legislatures. To coincide with this event, we propose an annual rally and gathering of adoptees, families of origin, adoptive families, friends and supporters.

During this time, attendees can network with others in their state towards the following goals:

* learn from attendees in states where access has been restored

* build relationships with those actively working in their state

* organize towards forming groups in states with no current pending legislation

* empower attendees to promote unconditional access as an inherent right in an atmosphere of solidarity and friendship

Join us July 2010 in Louisville Kentucky for the 3rd Annual Adoptee Rights Day at the National Conference of State Legislatures' Annual Convention. Protest images courtesy Linda Gambino and Kate Dahlquist, Louisville images courtesy of - created at

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Comment by MK Rigy on September 12, 2009 at 12:26pm
It is time to restore original birth records to all adult adoptees who request them.
Knowing and having unrestricted access to our own, original, unaltered, un-tampered-with vital records is a civil right that is denied to the vast majority of adult adoptees in the United States. It is time all Americans were treated with equal respect and dignity.
Comment by Lori Aldape on September 12, 2009 at 8:36am
I love everything you do and vow to be in Louisville with my daughter next summer.
Comment by julie kelly on September 12, 2009 at 7:44am
A very worthy cause!
Comment by Carol C. on September 12, 2009 at 7:13am
I love the video and had hoped to be at the Philly march and plan to be in Louiville next year.
Do not back down on your stance - you have every right to have your OBC. I never asked for privacy or confidentiality from my own son.
Comment by PriscillaSharp on September 12, 2009 at 6:38am
You guys are awesome! I am so proud to be your supporter. Although, because of physican limitations, I can't join you in the "march", you know I am with you in spirit and encouragement.
Comment by Mary Lassiter on September 11, 2009 at 4:53pm
Comment by Caroline on September 11, 2009 at 12:56pm
You guys are GREAT!! Thank you for all your hard work and dedication!
Comment by Krista Robertson on September 11, 2009 at 12:46pm
Thank you so much for your hard work getting the word out. I am on board!!
Comment by ginamorley on September 11, 2009 at 12:22pm
I absolutely love this video. I wish I could have gone to Philly. I'll hopefully get to Louisville next year. We need our original birth certificates!
Comment by Gaye Tannenbaum on September 11, 2009 at 12:20pm
I was there in Philadelphia and will be there next year in Louisville even though it means traveling all the way from South America.



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