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.