Advocacy and Writings on Adoption

That’s me holding up my original birth certificate. It shows I was a person who was born in Detroit with a different name and past than the one I lived after I was adopted. This document is no longer a state secret, despite Michigan’s efforts to keep it sealed in some storage area, and especially never in the hands of the human being who owns that document by birthright.

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: