Knowing The Purpose of Adoption Records

Knowing The Purpose of Adoption Records

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Knowing The Purpose of Adoption Records

When people talk of birth certificates, usually they speak in the singular when referring to one's form of identification. In the case of adoption, it is a whole different matter.          

 

The genesis of sealed adoption records hearkens back to reform efforts of the 1940s and was perpetuated by perceived benefits to all parties. For birth parents, at least, a closed adoption record was seen as a form of protection from the stigma of giving birth to a child out of wedlock. By a "guilt by association" extension, a sealed adoption record has since been construed as a method of shielding children from the same societal condescension toward illegitimacy.

 

Closed adoption records, especially at the time of their inception, were also seen as a means of protection for adoptive parents. For one, the creation of new birth records helped those adopters in their desire to convince children adopted young that they were in fact the birth parents. Beyond this, the push for confidentiality of adoption record information was seen as a way for adoptive parents to safeguard against birth parents.         

 

Depending on the State, adoptees may not always have the right to view their birth records. The intent of some policymakers on adoption records, though, is not to prevent adoptees from seeing their identifying information. Even so, a number of states require a court order for adoptees to access a sealed adoption record.

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