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RESTORING ACCESS TO ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATES (OBCs) FOR ADULT ADOPTEES IN TEXAS

WHO WE ARE

A‌ ‌statewide‌ ‌501(c)(4)‌ ‌nonprofit‌ ‌organization composed‌ ‌of‌ ‌more‌ ‌than‌ ‌2,000‌ ‌Texas‌ ‌adoptees, birth‌ ‌parents,‌ ‌and‌ ‌adoptive‌ ‌parents dedicated‌ ‌to‌ ‌advocating‌ ‌for‌ ‌legislation‌ ‌that‌ would‌ ‌restore‌ ‌access‌ ‌to‌ ‌original‌ ‌birth‌ ‌certificates‌ ‌(OBCs)‌ for‌ ‌‌adult‌‌ ‌adoptees‌ ‌in‌ ‌Texas.‌

WHAT WE WANT

All adopted Texans to have OBC access.

WHY NOW?

  • There is a Texas-wide demonstration of support. A poll by Mike Baselice shows 77% of Texans support an adopted adult’s right to their birth record.
     

  • Adoption agencies like Gladney Center for Adoption, Buckner, and Abrazo Adoption Associates are speaking out against outdated, discriminatory law.
     

  • Rep. Cody Harris, an adoptive father, carried HB 1386.
     

  • HB 1386 garnered 184 supportive statements,… a total of 45 pages on the online Public Health Committee portal.
     

  • HB 1386 was unanimously voted out of the Public Health Committee.

HISTORY

  • Prior‌ ‌to‌ ‌1973,‌ ‌all‌ ‌parties‌ ‌to‌ ‌an‌ ‌adoption‌ ‌‌in‌ ‌Texas‌‌ ‌were‌ ‌able‌ ‌to‌ ‌access‌ the‌ ‌OBC‌.
     

  • The‌ ‌‌general‌‌ ‌public‌ ‌could‌ ‌not access this information.‌
     

  • In‌ ‌1973,‌ ‌‌Texas‌ sealed‌ ‌OBCs,‌ ‌even‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌‌parties‌ ‌to‌ ‌an‌ ‌adoption, based‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ prevailing ‌‌and false belief‌‌s about the impact of‌ ‌secrecy.‌

CASE LAW

TENNESSEE:‌ ‌Doe‌ ‌v.‌ ‌Sundquist‌ ‌(U.S.‌ ‌Court‌ ‌of‌ ‌Appeals,‌ ‌6th‌ ‌Circuit‌ ‌1997,‌ ‌TN‌ ‌Supreme‌ ‌Court‌ ‌1999)‌ ‌
 

OREGON:‌ ‌Doe‌ ‌1-7‌ ‌vs.‌ ‌Oregon‌ ‌(1999)

BIPARTISAN AND ORGANIZATIONAL SUPPORT

ADOPTEE OBC ACCESS HAS:

  • ‌Long-standing, broad,‌ ‌bipartisan‌ ‌support‌ ‌in‌ ‌Texas‌ and‌ ‌other‌ ‌states.

  • ‌Similar‌ ‌laws‌ ‌passed‌ ‌in‌ other states.

  • ‌Organizational ‌support‌:‌ ‌‌National‌ ‌Association‌ ‌of‌ ‌Social‌ ‌Workers,‌ ‌‌North‌ ‌American‌ ‌Council‌ ‌on‌ ‌Adoptable‌ ‌Children‌,‌ ‌ National Center on Adoption and Permanency, The American Academy of Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, Buckner Children and Family Services,  Gladney Center for Adoption,  Abrazo Adoption Associates, Child‌ ‌Welfare‌ League‌ ‌of‌ ‌America‌ ‌(CWLA),‌  ‌‌Concerned‌ ‌United‌ ‌Birthparents‌,‌ and ‌more.