In Washington State, adult adoptees are denied access to their original birth certificates. They are the only class of citizens in Washington who are not able to see the documents indicating their birth names and, therefore, their heritage and identity.
It is time for Washington to join those states who have shed the shame and secrecy that has surrounded adoption for the last 70 years, and give adult adoptees the same rights as all other citizens!
UPDATE: On May 21, 2013, Gov Inslee signed HB 1525 into law. After June 30, 2014, many WA adoptees will be able to get a copy of their original birth certificate. Unfortunately, there will be some adoptees who will be denied the document of their birth. Here's an article where you can learn more about how this new law came to be.
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