State by state and crumb by crumb, adoptees continue to gain access to their God-given rights. Today’s good news comes from top left side of our fabulous country. Washington State adoptees will be able to obtain their original birth records starting on July 1, 2014.
According to a News Tribune article published in May 2013 when the legislation was approved, “House Bill 1525 — allows those adopted before October 1993 to obtain copies of their original birth certificates identifying their birth mothers and possibly fathers, provided those parents have not filed papers to prevent the release.
Under the state’s old law, those adopted after Oct. 1, 1993, can access original birth records without court orders. Records can be requested once the adoptee turns 18.”
As usual, the new open records legislation comes with an ugly ‘opt-out’ option for birth parents who do not wish to be contacted. If only adoptees could opt-out of having their heritage stolen and their lives mired in secrecy. Open records should apply to everyone!
Blessings for a country where freedom-for-all finally includes adoptees,