March 20 is Independence Day for Ohio adoptees

And, here’s why: 400,000 adopted people will have the right to request their original birth certificates — and receive them. Not since the records closed in 1964 has this been the case.

About time.

Here’s the story.

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Something to celebrate in Ohio

“In less than a month, adoptees born in Ohio between Jan. 1, 1964, and Sept. 18, 1996 (about 400,000 people) will gain access to their birth records for the first time without petitioning a court.”

This is thanks in large part to the work of Betsie Norris and Adoption Network Cleveland.

A lovely reunion

A most wonderful son finds the daughter his mother gave up for adoption in 1966. 

Petition to help women whose babies were sold

Philomena Lee is asking for your signature on a petition that will help other women whose children were taken from them and sold. 

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Philomena

Judi Dench is remarkable in Philomena. Wrenching, true story about a woman whose son was taken from her in Ireland in the 1950s and sold to an American couple. The brokers, a group of Catholic nuns.

So many things to be thankful for this day, Thanksgiving in the U.S. The list is written in my heart — and will stay there.

In this case, social media shouldn’t be necessary

Adopted people shouldn’t have to hire searchers or use Facebook to find their birth/first parents. They really ought to have access to their original birth certificates, with no questions asked of them.

The State of Ohio is currently in the process of restoring this right to adopted people. That’s good news for those of us in the adoption triad.

In fact, it’s true

There are no whole truths; all truths are half- truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.
 — Alfred North Whitehead
So looking forward to reading Kate St. Vincent Vogl’s book Lost and Found, about her birthmother’s search for her and the relationship they’ve been building for the last 14 years.