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.
Let adoptees access their birth records
Constitutional amendments were created to guarantee personal freedoms and minimize government interference in the lives of its citizens; adopted people, who had no say in their adoption, should have every right to their original birth certificates, and thus, access to their medical, genetic and...Adoptees should have right to their birth certificates; Too many people ask what country can give to them; How can we ...
Like children of illegal aliens, adoptees face discrimination based not on their own actions, but the actions of their parents.
Ohio should open birth certificate records to adoptees: editorial
The Ohio Senate needs to act on adoption reforms and end an unjustifiable disparity in the law that blocks some adoptees from getting their birth certificates just because of their birth date, writes the editorial board.More than 1,000 kids signed up for help from the Santa Fund
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One reason to support an adoptee's right to know
November 30, 2013, 9:04 am
[url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTcPODZTBo0]GAY ELLEN BROWN - YouTube[/url] One story that quite likely is playing out many different ways across this country every day - seeing as there are millions of adoptees denied by laws that need to change. Please get involved in your...Search Angels help...
November 15, 2013, 4:55 pm
Were to start.. We'll another birthday is on the horizon, I'm a male born in Denver Co 11-20 1971.. That means I'm turning 42, I'm a happy person with a good life.. I wake up every day thankful and feeling blessed.. There's a but.. Dare I say ache to see someone that looks like me, I know why I am...
In on the Choice
November 25, 2013, 7:03 pm
What is it like to be "in on the choice" as an adoptee? this is such an interesting question, Katherine, and one that I have thought a lot about. I was adopted by my Grandfather and his second wife when I ten years old, and it was presented to me as My choice. My sister and I were living with...Oh Queenie (Hoping some birthmoms and adoptees will chime in too!)
November 21, 2013, 10:03 am
So, Queenie's biological mom lost custody of her because of a crack cocaine addiction when Queenie was 3. All biological family was ruled unfit for placement. So she was adopted and living with 7 years of severe abuse in her adoptive home. She ended up back in the system, bounced around and...
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