To accompany my forthcoming memoir and critical study of the American adoption experience, I am providing resources to help fellow adoptees and birth parents, the media, and advocates who support civil rights and equal treatment under the law for all persons, regardless of their status at birth.
I also am providing information that will be useful to researchers, lawmakers, and others who may not understand they ways the U.S. adoption adoption works at the state level. Many parties remain ignorant how current state adoption laws ignore well-documented research concerning the importance for all persons to know their family and medical histories and the research that shows the clear health and population health impacts of adoption and being born outside of marriage.
An evidence-based way to improve U.S. population health, immediately, is to allow all adoptees and birth parents to have unfettered access to their birth records and family medical histories. Knowing one’s family medical history is a practice recommended by nearly every major medical and health sciences research group, not to mention the U.S. Surgeon General.
Be sure to return to this section of the You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are website often. Topics will be added as new pages and then listed in the dropdown menu under this section. I will add materials as I organize and find time to publish them. Some material will also be added through a forthcoming newsletter and the blog feature on my website under What’s New.
Sharing Material with Me and Advocacy Goals
If you have information that you believe is worth covering on this site, please send me an email via my Contact Rudy page. This site is and will remain a trusted and strongly fact-based source of information that is rooted in evidence and unbiased analysis of data and the meaning of that data. The advocacy goals of both my book and this book are to:
- Promote equality for all adoptees and birth parents,
- Achieve lasting political reform to change outdated and harmful state adoption laws that keep birth records hidden from adoptees and birth parents,
- Generate greater awareness of how adoption impacts human health and public health,
- Encourage meaningful public actions of those who created the American adoption system to take ownership for their past deeds and work to create fair outcomes for adoptees and birth parents.
All of these outcomes are achievable and have already occurred in countries such as Australia and the United Kingdom. This will require meaningful political pressure, political will, and leadership from adoptees and birth parents, because no one else will really care unless the people whose lives were most touched by adoption work to implement these clear objectives.
In the meantime, you can acquaint yourself with my existing writings and advocacy on adoption, the public health aspects of adoption, and the inequities how adoption works, particularly as administered in Michigan by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.