Adoptee rights have far-reach­ing ef­fects

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - VOICES & OPINION -

I, like most women who sur­ren­dered a child to closed adop­tion, sup­port the right of adoptees to learn who they are. Data from the nine states that al­low ac­cess to this in­for­ma­tion is clear; those states do not have higher abor­tion rates nor do they have lower adop­tion rates.

So­cial me­dia and con­sumer DNA test­ing has re­sulted in adoptees con­tact­ing rel­a­tives of birth­par­ents in an at­tempt to find the birth­mother’s name. It is far more pri­vate for the birth­par­ents for the adoptee to get the names di­rectly from the orig­i­nal birth cer­tifi­cate.

Your editorial la­bels this is­sue as a “zero sum game,” pit­ting the rights of the par­ents against the rights of the adoptee. In re­al­ity, the se­crecy im­pacts the chil­dren and grand­chil­dren of the adoptee, who have a per­ma­nent break in their lin­eage and fam­ily his­tory. Eileen McQuade, Del­ray Beach (past pres­i­dent, Amer­i­can Adop­tion Con­gress)

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