Lots of posts today celebrating the partial opening of the Ohio birth and adoption records. I am going to post links for those that qualify. I am also going to remind folks that partial opening is not really a celebration. Dirty bills that have restrictions (often called “mother may i”) is not something to celebrate. Allowing some adoptees to get their OBCs but restricting others (either due to age or by bill limitations allow mothers to refuse to be identified) is not something to rejoice — least not to me. Treat all adopted citizens as equal. Why is that so hard?
And while we are on the topic, what is going on in Illinois? Several months ago I got a jubilant email from Melisha Mitchell referencing efforts to allow mothers to get their surrendered child’s OBC. I want mine. I found my daughter. I know who she is, where she works, where her adoptive parents live, yet I am not allowed to have a copy of her un amended birth certificate identifying her as my daughter.
I have not looked lately at Illinois. Frankly I expected to get an email from Melisha. Has anything hapepened? Have I missed it?
So yeah, if you are Ohio born and surrendered, check out the new law.