Adoptee Rights The topic of Adoptee Rights can spark some VERY heated debate and personal attacks. For this reason, I chose not to post this over at ATS. Nothing against ATS, but I feel there is a better chance of intelligent discussion here at ID not evolving into a flame-fest replete with bannings and general unrest. I want to point out something right off the bat: the quoted information does not necessarily reflect my own opinion on the subject. I am posting this information in the hope of fostering some enlightening discussion. Having said that, I still reserve the right to put my foot in my mouth at any given moment. In the US, November is National Adoption Month. In light of this, here are some things to think about: .::Note: All information quoted is from #@!&% Nation, an organization that advocates for the civil and human rights of adult citizens who were adopted as children.::. From #@!&% Nation: .::Note: Only two countries have not ratified: the United States and Somalia, which have signalled their intention to ratify by formally signing the Convention.::. Some other links to information/opinion: (I did not want to post the full text for all of these – it would have made an already lengthy post unbearable…) THE HISTORY OF SEALED ADOPTION RECORDS IN THE UNITED STATES IDENTITY INFORMATION IS A CIVIL RIGHT IDENTITY INFORMATION IS A MORAL RIGHT ADULT ADOPTEES' BIRTH CERTIFICATES ARE PERMANENTLY SEALED - WHOSE RIGHT TO PRIVACY? A PRO-LIFE CONSERVATIVE ENDORSES OPEN RECORDS STATES WHERE ADULT ADOPTEES HAVE ACCESS TO THEIR ORIGINAL BIRTH RECORDS BY COURT ORDER ONLY STATES WHERE ADULT ADOPTEES HAVE UNCONDITIONAL ACCESS TO ORIGINAL BIRTH RECORDS .::Note: The last two links are not entirely up-to-date. Adult adoptees born and adopted in New Hampshire regained access to their own original, pre-adoption birth certificates following the enactment of Senate Bill 335 by the New Hampshire General Court. The new law will take effect on January 1, 2005, and will allow adult adoptees to receive copies of their original birth certificates upon request, without restriction.::.