"Black parental mysteries groan and mingle in the night. Something will be born of this." Muriel Rukeyser, "Double Ode"
Links updated 8/01/03 - D.P.
In most states in America, as well as in many countries, the original
identity of an adoptee is kept sealed, in court and agency files, without regard
to age, medical need, or natural curiousity. It is my belief that the sealing
of these records, and the secrecy that is an inherent part of the adoption system
in America and elsewhere, perpetuates an unhealthy climate for every adoptee
that makes the development of self-esteem and a strong self-identity nearly
impossible, regardless of the quality of one's adoptive upbringing. There is
a movement, however, underway, to change the status of adoption records in this
country. If you believe in the adoptee's right to know,(or even if you don't),
sign the guestbook below. If you need assistance searching, please read through
my Search Series below before emailing me with questions.
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