Monday, October 26, 2009

Maine Adoptee Rights: State Rep Farrington Overheard

I loved this quote from State Rep David Farrinton's floor remarks on LD 1084:

"[denying birth certificate access] may be appropriate when dealing with children; but children, including adopted children, grow up.  Unfortunately, Main law treats adult adoptees as perpetual children and presumes that they cannot handle or cannot be trusted with information about their own origins."

"The state cannot promise and has never promised perpetual anonymity to birth parents; if that were the case, an adoptee would have no right ever to intiate a search!  But of course, there is nothing illegal, unethical or unhealthy about an adoptee seeking out information about their orgins.  And the birth certificate itself has never been guaranteed to remain confidential."

"No, every adoptee or birth parent will not find a fairytale ending,  But that is not our job as legislators.  LD 1084 simply seeks to provide treatment to Maine's adult adoptees and restore to all Maine citizens the right to have access to their own birth certificates."

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Will South Dakota Become an Open State?


According to this news article: http://www.ksfy.com/news/local/63480837.html, South Dakota state Rep. Eldon Nygaard, is planning to sponsor a bill favoring access (other than by court-order-only) to adoptees to their birth records.

To my dismay, the article also states that another state Rep. Joni Cutler of Sioux Falls, is fine with the laws in their current state, despite the fact that she is an adoptee herself.

PLEASE HELP THESE ADOPTEES AND TRIAD MEMBERS BE HEARD!!

What you can do:  check out SEAL's Facebook Page.

Contact Eldon Nygaard and give him some encouragement and support!  Let him know that nothing short of complete and open access is acceptable.

Honorable Eldon Nygaard (State Representative -Democrat)

Address
1419 E. Cherry Street
Vermillion, SD 57069

Contact Rep. Joni Cutler and try to change her mind!

Honorable Joni M. Culter (State Representative -Republican)
Home Address (Apprenently mail is sent to the homes of legislators instead of state or district offices? This address is as per the state website).

3801 S Judy Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57103