To Search or not to search that is sometimes a question for Adoptees as they get older. As an Old Guy Adoptee from the earliest wave of Korean adoptees, the Korean War Baby experienced this year the question of searching for natural/birth/1st mother-father-family, etc.
Especially during the teenage years we begin to realize that we aren’t “White”. All Trans-Racial/Cultural adoptees (Adopted across Race and Culture lines) face these issues. Adoptive parents are learning better ways to deal with the issues than in the past. More information is available from Adoption Specialists, studies, blogs, books, articles, and the Internet.
States That Allow Access To Original Birth Certificates - Search & Reunion E-Magazine. 2010 Adoption
"States That Allow Access To Original Birth CertificatesA brand new year is here. It is a time to re-evaluate the previous year and look forward to a new one. January is about new beginnings and taking the next few steps to accomplishing your goals and becoming who you want to be. The new year is a fresh start-one that holds ample opportunity for learning, growth, and achievement.
The new year is also a great time to begin your search and reunion journey or revamp your previous search efforts. One place to start is obtaining your original birth certificate. This can be a little tricky because each state has different law, regulations, and guidelines pertaining to accessing original birth certificates or birth records.
Here is a basic outline of laws and regulations:
There are five areas in the United States that will grant permission of original birth certificates at the request of an adult adoptee: Oregon, the Virgin Islands, Maine, Alabama, and Alaska. If you were born in any one of these areas, just put in your formal request, and you shouldn't have too many problems.
Many more states will allow the adoptee to request and obtain records, unless one of the birth parents has denied releasing the information through a formal affidavit. Here are the specifics:
- Delaware and Montana (for adoptions finalized on or after 10/1/1997)
- Maryland (for adoptions finalized on or after 1/1/2000)
- Minnesota (for adoptions finalized on or after 8/1/1997)
- Nebraska (for adoptions finalized on or after 7/20/2002)
- Ohio and Oklahoma (for adoptions finalized on or after 11/1/1997, but only when all birth siblings, who have been adopted, are 18 years old or older)
- Washington (for adoptions finalized on or after 10/1/1993)
- Colorado (effective 1/1/2006)
- Nebraska (for adoptions finalized on or after 9/1/1998)
- Illinois (for adoptions finalized after 1/1/2000)
- Indiana (for adoptions finalized after 12/31/1993)
- Rhode Island
If you are an Adoptee/Adoptee Parent-family/Birth Parent/ etc. there are many sources to read of others journeys in searching. The KWB encourages all to read and dialog with loved ones on your feelings to avoid misunderstandings. We need to hear from others their thoughts and it will help you to be prepared.
Seek the truth, from every side, for there exists a spectrum of stories, experiences, opinions, etc. You might ‘fit’ some stories partially or completely or not at all. Searching does not mean that you are rejecting your Adoptive Parents-Family, and some do feel torn or guilty. Others have no desire to search, some feel angry at the one’s who gave them up, not wanting to find ‘them’.
Our views change over the years, importance fades or grows, according to our own lives. It is a Never Ending Story for many or not a big thing for others. What is most important is to know who you are, a question the KWB is still asking himself.
“Who AM I”