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Opening Adoption Records When a child is adopted it is standard procedure for a new birth certificate to be issued On this new certificate the adoptees new name appears along with the names of the adoptive parents All references to the adoptees birth name the name of the adoptees birth parents and the fact of the adoption are omitted The original birth certificate is then placed in a confidential court file is sealed and becomes unavailable Although many believe the records should be forever sealed the practice of allowing records to be opened would prove to help many adoptees discover their biological background and heritage Before the active lobbying efforts of adoptive parents organizations in the 1940s the majority of states maintained open adoption records policies It was the belief of those who proposed the sealed records that it served the best interest of all parties involved in the adoption They felt it would protect the adoptive family and the adoptee from feeling the stigma of bastardy They failed to account for the fact that the adoptee grows up and that may not be what is best for an adult adoptee Some psychologists believe that the adoptees inability to confront his or her biological origins may result in severe and long lasting psychological trauma The need for some adoptees to learn about their biological heritage or medical background may be too much for some to handle Additionally at least one study has shown that only a relatively small portion of adoptees become well adjusted adults There is always the question in their mind of why Many adoptees feel a need or even a compulsion to discover the facts of their biological ancestry As an adoptee my desire to open the records is extreme as well I have always felt a stigma of being different My adoptive parents had two
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