From Wilmington, DE newspaper. Sunday, April 26, 1998
Adoption in everyone’s interests: Secrecy and speed in the Uniform Adoption
Act deny children’s legitimate rights
by Mary-Lee Lutz
Opponents of the Uniform Adoption Act, or Delaware House Bill 365, are
being portrayed as a group of whining adoptees who can’t find their birth
mommies. Nothing could be further from the truth. Adult adoptees care
deeply about the children who will be adopted now and in the future. We
accept our responsibility to protect them from the frightening potential
for exploitation inherent in this bill.
But our concerns are also for our own rights. Adult adoptees should have
access to their original, unamended birth certificates in the same manner
as any other citizen.
One of the arguments raised by those oppose opening birth certificates to
an adult adoptee is that doing so violates a birth parent’s right to privacy.
There is a distinction to be made between privacy and secrecy. The sealed
records system has always been based on secrecy. As long as this cloak of
eternal secrecy remains, an aura of shame clings to adoption. … Continue Reading