Recent advocacy work to secure my original identity records:
- On July 18, 2016, I finally received a copy of my original birth certificate , after the state of Michigan had refused to give it to me when it had no legal rationale to keep it sealed and hidden from me.
- Read my detailed story on my struggle with the state of Michigan, ending with state vital records officials giving me my original record of birth.
- See a detailed timeline and a copy of my requests to the state for my original record and the state’s responses on this page.
- See my press release that I sent on July 23, 2016, with a link to my original birth record, to Michigan and Pacific Northwest media why this protracted battle of identity records is a major public policy issue of vital interest to those who work to promote equality and fair treatment under the law.
- Review my “key facts” page on my request for what is mine by birthright: my original birth certificate. My goal is to ensure that this victory supports others who suffer from the state’s discriminatory legal practices that deny adoptees equal rights.
- Explore my forensic analysis of email records that shows how state public records officials worked to deny me my birth certificate while expressing a culture of paranoia and confusion how the state’s poorly worded adoption statutes should be handled. I was labeled “the problem” and tagged in their system because I made a request for my original birth record.
- Review the State of Michigan’s replies to questions about its records-keeping practices that is has almost no tracking system to monitor adoptee records request or even the number of adoptees born in the state who are also subject to discrimination by the state’s adoption statutes.
Essays on adoption, discrimination against adoptees, and adoption in cinema:
- Numbers of Adoptees Relinquished: 1944-1975 (published June 3, 2017)
- Adoptee rights advocates must critically view any group lacking ‘street cred’ (published May 19, 2017)
- Discrimination against adoptees rooted in fears of illegitimacy (published January 29, 2017)
- Detroit’s complex legacy in the National Forence Crittenton Mission (published September 3, 2016)
- Getting what has always been mine–my original birth certificate (published July 29, 2016)
- Dear Michigan, I just want my birth certificate, now! (published March 20, 2016)
- How legalized discrimination against adoptees and birth parents took root in post-war America (published January 15, 2016)
- Jason Bourne, an adoptee’s search story in disguise (published February 26, 2016)
- The Man of Steel, an adult adoptee’s journey of discovery (published December 18, 2015)
- The American Philomena story that is my own (published February 14, 2015)