NC’s HB445 and CI programs

North Carolina’s HB445 passed. Original birth certificates will not be openly available to NC adoptees, instead NC chose to implement an agency run confidential intermediary program.

Personally I think private adoption agencies should be eliminated. The idea of these same agencies being in a continued position of power over an adoptee’s identity makes me ill. I appreciate the hard work done by the folks at NC Coalition for Adoption Reform that went into getting this “far” but honestly I fear they have made a huge error in judgment by not pulling the bill completely when such extreme compromise was filtered into it. Registries are not the answer but neither are CI programs. Compromise suggests admitting that we are not worthy of the same rights as every other citizen of this country and that is just unacceptable. In one more state adoptees are forced to jump through hoops like circus monkeys to obtain what is their birthright.

Access to birth certificates (true identity) and search and reunion are two separate issues. CI programs force adoptees into the position of a REUNION ONLY SCENARIO to discover their origins. With that said maybe taking a deeper look into this “compromise” toward the goal of discovered identity is in order.

If anyone thinks using a Confidential Intermediary Program is the answer-think again. Countless adoptees will be thrown into the lions den, having no choice but to use agency CIs to make that crucial first contact. Contact they may not even be wanting. It’s a horrible idea and many adoptees will risk paying for it with both their wallet and their identity, not to mention what will become of the countless adults who were adopted privately.

I wrote the following post back in January and I feel it is relevant today.

Click here to read The Real Deal – on CI programs and contact denial. Published January 2007.  Or you can read it here on Soul of Adoption.



Filed under Adoption Politics, Open Records, Truthful Musings

8 responses to “NC’s HB445 and CI programs


    Glad to see your sane, crystal clear voice here Mia. Tu sei molto brava.

  2. Elizabeth

    UGH this really pisses me off! I want to throw something.

    But glad to see you posting Mia.

  3. Amy

    Thank You. I needed that.

  4. KT

    Perception needs to be changed….something must be happening or shaking things up. I just finished a blog post that I have been avoiding for some time…..

  5. Roberta MacDonald

    Well Mia and others, Now is the time for everyone to get off of their butts, and join us once again. We have a House Select Committee for Adoptee Birth Certificates. Those living in NC, if they REALLY and TRULY want to see the law changed, then they need to come out in droves and show some SUPPORT for this.

    Meetings are on January 28, February 13, March 5, and April 16, from 2 – 4 pm at the Legislature Building in Raleigh.

    We need to have WARM and LIVING bodies to show support for this so we can go back in 2009 and GET the OBC

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