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Children or adults who have been placed and raised in an adoptive family are referred to as adoptees in the adoption community. There are 1.5 million adopted children in the United States, which accounts for about 2 percent of all children in the U.S., according to data reported by the 2000 U.S. Census Bureau. Additionally, there are between 6 to 10 million adults in America that were raised in adoptive households.

Growing up as an adoptee can bring unique challenges for children. According to the chartbook Adoption USA, adopted children are more likely than their peers to have attention disorders, anxiety and depression. This doesn't mean all adopted children have these problems, but there is a stigma that adopted children should experience emotional problems and issues with identity. Whether this is true or not really depends on one's lifestyle and biological circumstance.

As an adult adoptee there may come a time when you find questions and curiosities easily ignored at a younger age may need to be addressed for peace of mind. This may be for medical reasons, general curiosity or the desire to access important documents, such as a birth certificate. Luckily, most adoptees who find holes in their history can pursue their right to access information from their pre-adoption past, although the extent of information varies from state to state.

Since 1971, the Adoptee Liberty Movement Association has fought for the rights of adopted children to resolve any missing pieces in an adoptee's life, although the process by which to retrieve medical and personal information varies by state. There are still plenty of kinks in the system, but triad members have never been more understood by agencies and the law than now.

A majority of U.S. states allow birth parents, adoptees and adult siblings to access non-identifying information on an adoptee or birth mother from sealed adoption records. Six states currently allow adults that were adopted access to their birth certificates without mutual consent from both adoption parties, while a majority of states require both parties to mutually register for a sealed file to be opened.

International adoptees are likely to face geographic and cultural disparities from their birth place, although certain countries, such as Korea and Lithuania, tend to have thorough medical and social histories. There's a good chance adoptive parents may already have requested this information before adopting.

Articles About "Adoptees"

Riley, Debbie and The Center for Adoption Support and Education, Inc.
Selected by Representative Albert Wynn C.A.S.E.'s mission statement is: "We provide a safe place for adoptees of all ages to share their thoughts and feelings about adoption; we promote the mental health of adoptees and their families through specialized pre- and post-adoption counseling...
My Petition
Please permit me a moment of your time. There are only 5 states in the USA (Alabama, Alaska, Kansas, Oregon, and Tennessee) that provide adoptees access to their original birth certificates. Allow me to explain the problem. When a closed adoption occurs, the original birth certificate is sealed...
What My Search has Meant to Me
I was born November 26, 1965, in Mobile,Alabama. I was immediately placed up for adoption. August 12, 1966, I was adopted by two of the most amazing and loving people in this world. I was taken from Montgomery to Huntsville, Alabama where I was raised my entire life, in the same house, with the...
Sealed Fate
Adoptees wish they really knew the damage that is done, by cutting off our past, by saying we have none. You know your family tree by its heritage and your name, But adoptees don't know who is reflected in a mirror frame. We are left wondering who are parents really were, or if it was because of...

"Adoptees" in the News

Aboriginals want apology for adoptions
Dozens of adoptees gathered in Winnipeg on Monday to tell their stories
Susan Thomson Perry, adoptee-rights advocate
Susan Thomson Perry, 63, of Cherry Hill, an advocate for the rights of adoptees, died of melanoma Monday, April 7, at her home.
NJ adoptees treated unequally: Letter
The Assembly and Senate have passed a bill enabling adult adoptees born in New Jersey to receive a copy of their original birth certificates. I am not an adopted child, but I understand the importance of family, roots and...
California adoption laws hinder a woman's quest for the truth
Marsha Temple fervently wishes to know more about her roots, and she believes thousands of other adoptees in the state do too. Marsha Temple will soon fly to Philadelphia, trying to crack a case she's been working on for decades. She'd like to know who her biological father was.

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"Adoptees" in the Adoption Blogs

Sealed With a Law
November 24, 2013, 12:36 pm
I was adoptedfrom New Jersey, which, like many other states, has sealed records for adoptees with closed adoptions. Year by year, states are starting to open records for adoptees. Every year, I search New Jersey papers online hoping to glimpse, "Adoptee Records to be Unsealed for New Jersey...
After Finding the Name
November 7, 2013, 9:14 am
In the days before computers, all non-identifying information was typewritten. Identifying information was blacked out with marker and for extra measure, a layer of 'white-out', used to correct typewriter errors, was brushed over top of that. But my paperwork had been managed incorrectly. In...
TRA Gratitude Project: Days 4 - 7 (Belated)
November 11, 2013, 7:43 am
To catch up on the Gratitude Project, I will cover a few days at a time. I must admit that using micro-blogging sites like Twitter and Facebook makes it easy to pop up a gratitude statement each day. However, I'm hoping that you are returning here, dear readers, for the explanations WHY I'm...
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"Adoptees" in the Adoption Forums

Opening a Closed Adoption
April 7, 2014, 5:59 pm
For those who don't know my story, here it is: Single, always wanted to be a mother. Decided to foster. Fast forward to my 4: P and L are bio brothers as are J and B. J and B came with bio mom having TPR'd and bio dad, appealing his TPR while incarcerated. J and B had 5 previous placements, one...
Measuring Interest in Reunions
April 7, 2014, 5:52 pm
Over time, I've read about adoptees and birth parents going through a wide range of emotions after reunion. These might range from extreme happiness, a need to be with the birth relative, and a strong desire to communicate. They may also involve a deep sense of loss, feelings of anger, or...
Please folks, write to Gov Christie and tell him to just sign the bill into law
April 9, 2014, 4:01 pm
[url=]Christie touches on storm, adoption rights in local visit | | Suburban[/url] [QUOTE]SAYREVILLE Gov. Chris Christies April 3 Town Hall and mobile cabinet meeting...
Help adoptees
April 1, 2014, 11:08 am
Hi adoptee community, I hope this message finds you/your heart well. I am asking for help. This June, I am travelling to Korea and trying to connect with my biological family. In that I want to use my experience to help others by creating a tangible narrative of the adoptee. I will teach...

Stories About "Adoptees"

On Being Adopted
I was 6 days old when I was adopted in 1948, and from the very beginning, my parents told me that I was adopted. The way they did this was by reading a book called "The Chosen Baby". Though...
My Life After Adoption
I have a special story to tell. You see, I'm not only an adoptee, I'm also a birthmother. I will share both stories here. These will not be easy to tell, there are a lot of emotions that run through...
Doubly Blessed
I have known my whole life that I was adopted. It was never something that was a secret; it just was. My folks were the best; I was a very lucky adoptee, but it didn't stop the "I...

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Popular Adoption Searches, pg. 22. Click to find tons of information on adoption and foster care. Find information for birth mothers, adoptive mothers and adoptees.
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Birth Mother Details Gender female; Age at Birth 22; Age at Adoption 22; Married no; Michigan Failed Adoption - Page 22 - Forums. 07-30-2007, 04:22 AM bromanchik. bromanchik.
Adoptees: Adoptee, Family - Adoption Topics
22 CFR 42.24 (Visas for Convention Adoptees) 22 CFR 96 ... 22 CFR 99 (Reporting Requirements for Outgoing Cases) Regulations (Department of Homeland Security) 8 CFR 103.7 (fees, I-800A and I-800) 8 CFR 204 (immigrant petitions) 8 CFR 213a ...
Natalie Bahr, Jan 22 1981, Adoptee, Beaver City Ut United States
Birth Mother's Age at Adoption 22; Adoption Location Salt Lake, Utah, United States; Hospital beaver valley; Doctor b noal robinson; Caseworker sister veyonne dixon; Decree Date Aug 3, 1981; Birth Mother Details Gender female; Race White; Married at Birth no;

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ADOPTION 22 - The Dog Rescue Center Samui
SHAGGY (female) I had an owner but she moved to Bangkok and just abandoned me to wander around the streets. The neighbors didn't like me as I chased their cats so I was sent to the dog shelter.
The Open-Records Debate: Balancing the Interests of Birth ...
parents, and the adoptees.22 During the Progressive Era, in which activists lobbied for the preservation of the biological family and the protection of women's virtue," many more states legislated the sealing of records to protect the traditional family unit.24 Adoption ...
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Shannon - 3 months ago
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What are the six states that allow you access to your original birth certificate? #1
Gladys - 1 year ago
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Hoping to find out some information on my Daughter i put up for adoption in 1974 in March from Broward was Broward Generial Medical Center drs name was Dr Pickle..I tried to get her back but was told she was already adopted befor my 30 days were up..I am so devastated since then..Cathlic Service Burrow handled the adoption.....Just want to know if she is doing ok... #2
Michael - 8 months ago
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I was a foster child, i am now 24, and need to get my birth certificate.. I no longer have contact with my foster parents ( for reasons i will not go into) I need help!! If anyone can help please email me at xxxx #3
Laurie Jean Westpfahl - 3 months ago
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We are in search of my daughter. Iam Laurie Jean Westpfahl birth father Gary Ronald Westpfahl her mothers name Patricia Ann Ross #4
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