Thursday, November 1, 2012

Finally! A bill on the horizon!

After much waiting, it looks like Adoption Network Cleveland and Adoption Equity Ohio may have pulled off introduction of the first bill to restore adoptee rights in Ohio in years.  Looks like their #ROAR2013 campaign is set to kick off in 2013 and has the goal of at least restoring birth certificate access to adoptees born & adopted in the closed years of 1964-1996.  This could be quite momentous. Here's one adoptee sincerely hoping it happens and standing ready to support this bill with all my might!

See Adoption Equity Ohio's Site for details!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Foiled by the probate court

Well, after more than $1,000 and months of working and waiting, the probate court denied my petition to access my original birth certificate. Can't say I'm surprised but I am surprised at how much rage it surfaced in me. The judge cited expectations of confidentiality and that I hadn't shown sufficient cause. Amazing to think that another citizen's potential wishes trump my birthright. Ohio makes me so mad sometimes.

For other adoptees considering the same route, please note that contrary to the advice given me by the probate court clerk, you do not have to hire an attorney (apparently neither the clerk nor my attorney was really up on that little tidbit). I'd say save yourself the money and make a stab at it yourself. You'll likely be just as disappointed with the outcome, but you'll save over $1,000.

I now think we're all just better off fighting even harder, making phone calls and actually visiting with legislators - imploring them to sponsor a bill to restore adult adoptee rights.

I'm mad as hell and should probably refrain from writing more at this point.