July 9, 2009

Shine A Light

The Adoptee Rights Demonstration
July 21, 2009
People’s Plaza, Philadelphia, PA

American-born adult adoptees in all but the states of Alaska, Kansas, Alabama, Oregon, New Hampshire and Maine do not have the right that unadopted American-born citizens do: The right to have a copy of their original birth certificate.

In many states across the USA, original birth certificates were sealed to protect the adoptee and adoptive family from the “shame of illegitimacy”. The intent was not to keep an adoptee from knowing his or her own information; it was to keep that information from the general public. States never promised privacy to birth parents, nor did birth parents ever sign anything concerning privacy when surrendering their child for adoption.

Today, millions of adoptees are routinely denied access to their original birth certificates. Our goal is to bring awareness to the people, that this practice is discriminatory and harmful. We wish to see the remaining states restore unfettered access to original birth certificates for all adult adoptees.

Join us at the Adoptee Rights Demonstration, at 11am on July 21, 2009. We will be starting at The People’s Plaza in Independence Park, Philadelphia, PA , and ending at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where the National Convention of State Legislatures will be taking place. There we will have the opportunity to interact with and educate hundreds of lawmakers concerning these antiquated and unjust laws.

We will be at The People’s Plaza at Independence Park at 10:30 for an informational session and press interviews. Please contact us for more information regarding these opportunities.

The Adoptee Rights Demonstration is a registered participant with the National Conference of State Legislatures. We will be at booth #935 inside the Pennsylvania Convention Center for the Conference, to be held July 21, 22, and 23, 2009.

For more information, please visit our website at http://www.adopteerights.net

Email: AdopteeRightsPhilly@gmail.com
Phone: 267-234-7925

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