January 21, 2013

Sign to Support Adoptee Rights to Their Original Birth Certificates




Adoption Loss is the only trauma in the world where the victims are expected by the whole of society to be grateful The Reverend Keith C. Griffith, MBE

IMG_1041eI invite adoptees, their families (both adoptive and biological), friends, and professional workers who support OPEN ADOPTEE RECORDS to add their names to the list below by placing the appropriate information in the comment box at the end of this post. Strength is found in numbers. Show our strength.

Feel free to distribute the link to this post Sign to Support Adoptee Rights to Their Original Birth Certificates on your FaceBook or other social network accounts, and/or to copy this post and email it, including the link, to persons on your email list.

The request is supported by a years-long Adoption Institute examination of relevant judicial and legislative documents; of decades of research and other scholarly writing; and of the concrete experiences of states and countries that have either changed their laws to provide these documents or never sealed them at all (see below for further information).



(e-mail , with ADOPTION NAMES in the subject line, to obtain an electronic or a  paper copy to collect names to add to this list):

Adoptees and bioparents, please add your signature on the list by adding the appropriate information in the comment box below—your email address will not be published).

List your name and status (adoptee, their families (both adoptive and biological), friends, and professional workers)

Adoptee and bioparents: please include the state of the adoption. Others should include the state holding the records you are concerned with.

I will move your information to the appropriate listing below:


1/21/2013         Adoptive-Parent       Carolyn Cornell Holland

1/22/2013         Adoptee                     Sandra Murawski

1/28/2013        Bio-parent                 Thomas Furman

2/16/2013        Adoptee                     Hewlet Jerry Harris

5/1/2013          Adoptee                      Kay

11/20/2013      Adoptee                      Mary Berenics


2/3/2013          Bio-parent        Linda Marie Bondurant





The lengthy study by the Adoption Institute (For the Records II: An Examination of the History and Impact of Adult Adoptee Access to Original Birth Certificates) noted that efforts to accelerate the rights of adoptees to their original birth records is impeded by misunderstandings about the history of this controversial issue, misconceptions about the parties involved (especially birthmothers), and mistaken concerns about the impact of changing the status quo – e.g., legislators often assume that negative consequences will occur but, in fact, they do not.

The study leads to these primary findings:

  • Barring adopted adults from access to their original birth certificates wrongly denies them a right enjoyed by all others in our country, and is not in their best interests for personal and medical reasons.
  • Alternative solutions to providing adopted adults access to their OBCs, such as mutual consent registries, are ineffective and do not adequately address the needs of adopted persons.
  • The overwhelming majority of birthmothers do not want to remain anonymous to the children they relinquished for  doption and support (or do not oppose) those children’s access to their OBCs.
  • Providing adult adoptees with access to their original birth certificates does not threaten the integrity of adoptive families or the institution of adoption; indeed, the evidence suggests that the opposite is the case.

In other countries and in U.S. states that have restored adopted adults’ access to OBCs, or never sealed these records at all, there is no evidence of any of the significant negative consequences critics predict.*


Key to the adoption experience are seven core issues that effect the children, the adoptive parents and the birth parents.

  • Rejection
  • Guilt and Shame
  • Grief
  • Identity
  • Intimacy
  • Mastery and Control, and above all…
  • LOSS **



CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS online magazine: Adoption category

Adoptees Right to Original Birth Certificate in Pennsylvania

Pa. House Bill 162: Adult Adoptees Right to Access Original Birth Certificate



  1. Sandra Murawski , adoptee , PA , 1/22/13

    Comment by Sandra Murawski — January 23, 2013 @ 12:26 am | Reply

  2. 2. Thomas Furman, bio parent 1/28/13

    Comment by T. Furman — January 28, 2013 @ 7:31 pm | Reply

  3. I met my birth-mother when I was twenty-five. In 1985 I was told my father is Jack. Then in 1994, a man found me, and told me I am his first-born. He is from the Indian Tribe of Little Shell. He told me I am his legal daughter since my birth in 1958. I have no proof. I also habe a grandmother in Toppinish on the reservation. I tried to see her there, but with no proof of our relationship, I was told my father had to be with me in order to see my own G-Ma! She’s been waiting to see me again since 1962!:(How do I get my original b.c.? I really want to meet her before she passes away.

    Comment by Lynndel McMahon — January 28, 2013 @ 9:06 pm | Reply

    • In what state did your birth and adoption occur? It makes a difference. Can we put your name on the petition?

      Comment by carolyncholland — January 28, 2013 @ 10:50 pm | Reply

  4. I believe that adopted children should be able to gain access to birth records. I would urge to do so with caution. In my case, I was trying to protect the child I had from the birth father as I had been raped and feared for my life as a result. I meditated on the story of Moses when I gave my son up for adoption, trusting God to place him in a safer environment that I felt I could offer as I fled from my circumstances. I am a bio-mother, Linda Marie Bondurant, I live in Georgia, in the same state that the adoption took place, and I did ask for closed records at the time, for safety’s sake.

    Comment by Linda Marie Bondurant — February 3, 2013 @ 6:49 pm | Reply

    • Thank you for your comment, Linda. I know that it was a difficult experience for you. May God bless you and your sacrifice.

      Comment by carolyncholland — February 3, 2013 @ 11:11 pm | Reply


    02/16/2013 Adoptee Hewlet Jerry Harris

    Adopted in Pennsylvania

    Comment by Hewlet Harris — February 16, 2013 @ 6:58 pm | Reply

  6. All people should be afforded their biological & medical background.

    Comment by Kay — May 1, 2013 @ 4:37 pm | Reply

  7. I was adopted out in Pennsylvania. Im tired of being a dirty little secret!
    I have a petition on
    Im not sure if Im doing it correctly but here you go!

    Free us from our secrets.

    Comment by Israel — September 20, 2013 @ 10:18 pm | Reply

  8. Mary Berenics – Adopted in Pennsylvania I support open adoption records

    Comment by Mary — November 20, 2013 @ 9:24 am | Reply

  9. being an adopted person without any knowledge of even a medical history is downright shameful. we deserve to know what illnesses and so forth could be lurking in our future so we may be wary.

    Comment by lorie — October 21, 2014 @ 3:59 am | Reply

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