Unfortunately, adult adoptees in the United States are still not respected as autonomous human beings capable of making intelligent and appropriate choices. If they were, how can we possibly explain the fact that in most states, adopted adults are still denied access to their own original birth certificates?
Amanda Woolston over at Declassified Adoptee has written a perceptive post on this issue here. As she explains, opponents to adoptee rights usually frame their argument around three themes: boundary issues, in which the assumption is that adult adoptees cannot manage boundaries or relationships without supervision; secrecy issues, in which the assumption is the original parents are cowering in shame and must therefore be protected; and social issues, in which the assumption is abortions will go up if adoptees are allowed access to their true birth records.The data disproves all these assumptions, yet they remain prevalent.
From “Are Adult Adoptees Worthy of Respect,” by Susan P., on the Family Ties Blog. Read the full blog post here.