It's no secret I'm a birth mother, and that my daughter's adoption was arranged at a time when adoptions were closed and original birth certificates were sealed.
Illinois law will change all that come November:
Illinois Department of Public Health officials are bracing for a flood of requests in November when a new law will allow thousands of adult adoptees to obtain their birth certificates.I can make an argument for finally opening those doors... and I can make an argument for keeping them closed.
The law passed in Illinois last year could give some adoptees the names of their birth parents for the first time.
Women who long ago made the choice to give their child a stable home with a loving parent or loving parents did so for all sorts of reasons. Some of us kept our secret and rarely, if ever, talked about it. Some of us have been open about it from day one. I refuse to judge any of them.
Here's the thing -- if you are one of the sisterhood who made this choice, you have another choice to make:
Birth parents can remain anonymous and have their names redacted from any released birth certificate by filling out a form by Nov. 1.I've been very, very lucky, but I can understand how this could be a difficult choice. Whatever your choice, I stand behind you.
If the Divine Miss Marilyn were still alive, I'd have to get her the world's most expensive cat toy:
I love it when karma works:
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