Rhode Island: Support Adoption Records Access

Rhode Island needs your help. There is a bill in progress that has passed the House but may not pass the Senate. Please write in support of this bill. For more information and links to legislative email addresses contact T.R.A.C.E. at www.trace2009.org. T.R.A.C.E. is attempting to fight compromise legislation that would deny equal rights to ALL adult adoptees in Rhode Island.

As usual, the sticking point is the fallacy of birth mother “privacy”. You may want to point these legislators to the Evan B. Donaldson study “For The Records: Restoring A Right To Adult Adoptees”.


After years of trying, advocates pushing to make Rhode Island one of the few states that allow adoptees access to their original birth certificates won a major victory in the state House of Representatives.

But it appears unlikely that the Senate, which reconvenes Tuesday for a one-day session, will go along with the change.


  1. WOW! This is extremely odd.

    First THEY violate any expected confidentiality of the birthmom, then ADMIT that she was wrongly advised by THEM! I wouldn’t worry to much about being charged with anything. What crime? What did she do wrong? Violate their stupid agreement? that makes no sense? She violated no law. There is no action they can take IMO – but I’m not an attorney, either.