Adoption records (including step-parent adoptions) have been sealed in 48 of the 50 states since the early 40's. What exactly does that mean and how does it affect all of us?
It means that when an adoption takes place, the adoptee's records are sealed "forever" causing, some believe, a form of ancestricide or genocide. Entrie family geneaological histories are wiped out by virtue of an archaic adoption law.
It means that an entire segment of our population, known as "the adopted," are unable to have access to copies of their orginial birth certificates or other legal documents concerning their own lives. Accordingly, they are not treated as other citizens since the 14th Amendment does not apply to them.
It means that adoptees are being denied basic God-given rights that the rest of us enjoy - our hertiage, our medical history, our genealogy, and the ability to find the answer to the age-old question - "Who Am I?"
It means that birthparents who surrendered their children in good faith have had to suffer years of anguish wondering what happened to the child of their womb.
It means that adoptive parents are denied pertinent medical, psychological, genetic information necessary to the parenting of an adopted child.
It means that those who "facilitate" adoptions have been free to do unscrupulous deeds and then hide behind the confidentiality law; i.e. tell birthparents their child died, tell adoptive parents the child was "abandoned and unwanted," alter and falsify adoption documents, sell babies to the highest bidder; and the list goes on and on.
It means that individuals all over the country who want to assist in family reunions are putting themselves at risk because of the "sealed record."
Sealed Adoption Records are an abomination to a free society and should never have become law in the first place, but should now be overturned immediately.