Adoptees Restoration Act

I’m re-posting this from Sandy Musser’s FaceBook page:

 

President Obama – How about a Christmas present for ALL ADOPTEES in our country!

A CALL FOR an ADOPTEES RESTORATION ACT

Adoption ALARM Network
Advocating Legislation for Adoption Reform Movement

We are ALARMED that ADOPTEES do not have a copy of their Original Birth Certificate!

We are ALARMED that ADOPTEES’ entire birth information has been altered, falsified and sealed for the past 75 years; thereby creating Legal Lies!

We are ALARMED that ADOPTEES do not have access to their Medical History, in light of 3000 known genetic diseases according to the National Center for Disease!

We are ALARMED that ADOPTEES are often given false and misleading information about their background by social workers, attorneys and other “helping professionals” in the field of adoption!

We are ALARMED that ADOPTEES are forced to pay agency fees to receive non-identifying information, state fees to be placed on a state registry; and attorney fees to petition the court system to receive what is already their inalienable right* – EQUAL ACCESS to their ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE!

We are ALARMED that ADOPTEES, by virtue of the adoption process, have been stripped of their ENTIRE HERITAGE AND CULTURE causing a malady known as ANCESTRICIDE which also affects their children and their childrens children!

We are ALARMED that, in a free and democratic society, all ADOPTED PERSONS in our country are denied these basic human rights guaranteed to all other Americans under the 13th and 14th Amendments and the Declaration of Independence.

14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any persons of life, liberty or due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Declaration of Independence
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness – inalienable rights (cannot be transferred nor forfeited)

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Therefore, the Adoption Community calls for
an Executive Order
by the President of our United States for an

~ ADOPTEES RESTORATION ACT ~

Providing every Adult Adopted Person born within
the Jurisdiction of the U.S. of America
Equal Access to their
Original Birth Certificate

Based upon the 14th Amendment and the Declaration of Independence!

To Prison With Love for Adoption Reunions

Twenty years ago today one of our own went to prison for the “crime” of reuniting adoptees and birth families.  Sandy Musser is considered to be the civil rights pioneer for the adoptive rights movement. We should have been celebrating her efforts for reconnecting families.  But instead the government used their flagrant abuse of power, laced with lies, to carry out an indecent indictment.

Let us never forget those who have suffered in their efforts to bring reform to the discrimination of adoptees by sealing their birth records forever.

Read more about Sandy Musser on her web page  www.sandymusser.com

STATE ADOPTION LAWS

The page on my web site is finished with the individual states and their laws regarding access to adoption information.

Please go to my State Adoption Laws page.

Arizona State Adoption Laws

ARIZONA ACCESS TO ADOPTION RECORDS

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Who May Access Information

Citation:  Rev. Stat § 8-129

1.    The following persons may have

access to family information:

  • The adoptive parents or a guardian of the adopted person
  • The adopted person who is age 18 or older
  • If the adopted person has died, the adopted person’s spouse if he or she is the legal parent of the adopted person’s child or the guardian of any child of the adopted person
  • If the adopted person has died, any child of the adopted person who is age 18 or older
  • The birth parents or other birth children of the birth parents


2.   
Access to Nonidentifying Information

Citation:  Rev. Stat. §§ 8-121; 8-129

Nonidentifying information may be released upon request to any of the persons listed above. Nonidentifying information may include the health and genetic history of the birth parents and members of the birth parents’ families.

3.    Mutual Access to Identifying Information

Citation:  Rev. Stat. § 8-121

Court personnel, the division, an attorney assisting in a direct placement adoption, or an agency may provide partial or complete identifying information between a birth parent and adoptive parent when the parties mutually agree to share specific identifying information and make a written request to the court, the division, or the agency.

A person may petition the court to obtain information relating to an adoption in the possession of the court, the division, or any agency or attorney involved in the adoption. The court shall not release identifying information unless the person requesting the information has established a compelling need for disclosure or consent has been obtained.

An adopted person age 18 or older or a birth parent may file at any time with the court and the agency, division, or attorney who participated in the adoption a notarized statement granting consent, withholding consent, or withdrawing a consent previously given for the release of confidential information. If an adopted person who is 18 or older and the birth mother or birth father have filed consent to the release of confidential information, the court may disclose the information, except identifying information relating to a birth parent who did not grant written consent.

4.    Access to Original Birth Certificate

Citation:  Rev. Stat. § 36-337

The original birth certificate can be made available only upon a court order or as prescribed by rule.

5.    Where the Information Can Be Located

Arizona Confidential Intermediary Program, Arizona Supreme Court

The above information was derived from the Arizona State Statutes

Alaska State Adoption Laws

ALASKA ACCESS TO ADOPTION RECORDS

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Who May Access Information

Citation:  Alaska Code § 18.50.500

1.    Identifying information may be accessed by:

  • The adopted person who is age 18 or older
  • The birth parent

   The adoptive parent may access nonidentifying information.


2.   
Access to Nonidentifying Information

Citation:  Alaska Code § 18.50.510

The State Registrar may release information regarding the birth parents at the request of an adoptive parent or an adopted person who is age 18 or older. Nonidentifying information includes:

  • The age of the birth parents at the child’s birth
  • The birth parents’ heritage, including ethnic background and Tribal membership
  • The medical history of the birth parents and blood relatives of the birth parents
  • The number of years of school completed by the birth parents when the child was born
  • The physical description of the birth parents at the child’s birth, including height, weight, and color of eyes, hair, and skin
  • The existence of other children of the birth parents
  • The religion of the birth parents
  • Whether the birth parent was alive at the time of the adoption
  • Other information provided by the birth parents for disclosure to the child, including photos and letters

3.    Mutual Access to Identifying Information

The State Registrar shall disclose to a birth parent, at that parent’s request, the most current name and address of an adopted child as they appear in the State Registrar’s adoption files if the child is 18 or older and has requested in writing that the information be disclosed if ever requested by the birth parent.

4.    Access to Original Birth Certificate

Alaska Code:  § 18.50.500

After receiving a request by an adopted person who is age 18 or older for the identity of a birth parent, the State Registrar shall provide the person with an uncertified copy of the person’s original birth certificate and any change in the birth parent’s name or address attached to the certificate.

An adopted person age 18 or older or a birth parent may submit to the State registrar a notice of change of name or address. The State registrar shall attach the information to the original birth certificate of the adopted person.

5.    Where the Information Can Be Located

Bureau of Vital Statistics, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

The above information was derived from the Alaska State Statutes

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