Ohio Action Alert: Submit Your Testimony!

(from Adoption Network Cleveland)
Bill Hearing Wednesday April 30, 2008 – Columbus Ohio

Up until last week, Ohio House Bill 7 contained language that would allow Ohio adult adoptees access to their original birth certificate upon their request. This is something that Adoption Network Cleveland and others across the state have been working on diligently over the last 20 years.� Last week, that language was stripped from the bill.

The legislators are very concerned about birthparent privacy. They are assuming that if a birthparent placed a child in a closed record adoption (the only option available at that time) between 1964 and 1996, that allowing the adult adoptee access to their original birth certificate is an affront to the birthparent’s privacy.

They need to hear directly from birthparents whose children were adopted in Ohio between January of 1964 and September of 1996 to gain an accurate view of what birthparents want. Adult adoptees or adoptive parents in reunion with, or professionals who have worked with, birthparents from that era are also needed.

Please attend the next hearing on House Bill 7 and testify – have your voice heard!� The hearing will be at the Ohio Statehouse at 4 pm Wednesday April 30, 2008 – room 017.� Advocates will meet outside of the hearing room starting at 3 p.m. If you can come to the hearing and would like to testify (or discuss testifying), please contact Betsie Norris at Adoption Network Cleveland betsie.norris@adoptionnetwork.org and H.B. 7 sponsor Tom Brinkman’s legislative aide Kara Joseph at Kara.Joseph@ohr.state.oh.us.

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Thank you!

Betsie Norris
Executive Director
Adoption Network Cleveland
4614 Prospect, Suite 550
Cleveland, Ohio 44103
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  1. I found my daughter in1979 and proceeded to help THOUSANDS of others do likewise over the next decade, and supported them through reunion.

    I am a staunch DISBELIEVER in intermediaries of any kind.

    They more often than not do more harm than good and can lose you your one only opportunity to hear your child or mother’s voice!

    I think they are not polite – they are IMPERSONAL. Prof CIs may be telling your counterpart way too much to soothe their fears, such as “You are not obligated to reposed” etc.