An Invitation: Illinois OBC

Received an e-mail from Melisha Mitchell of White Oak today.  While I remain ambivalent about the recent changes to Illinois law, I know many of my readers and friends are pleased (as they have benefitted from the changes whereas other friends did not), I will paste an excerpt from Melisha’s email for your general awareness. Illinois/Chicago-area residents may be interested in attending. (Seriously, what pleases me here is Jean Strauss presence as her work is incredible).

“…invite all those who live in the Chicago area to join us for a very special celebration, “In Appreciation of the New Illinois Adoption Law and OBC Openings,” which is being held next Sunday, January 15, 2012, in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. Documentarian Jean Strauss (author of the YouTube video above) will be on hand (and filming a number of post-1946 adoptees as they discover their original birth certificates for the first time!) for the three-hour event, along with the new law’s primary sponsor, State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz. This unique afternoon get-together will be held from 2 to 5 pm on the campus of the University of Chicago, in the West Lounge of Ida Noyes Hall at 1212 E. 59th Street, on the second floor (plenty of free street parking in the area).  You can RSVP either via Facebook, if you’re a Facebook member (go to:!/events/213238292092584/ ),  or by emailing me directly at . ” – Melisha Mitchell

8 Thoughts.

  1. It’s too bad I can’t attend. I’d like to ask Rep Feigenholtz when the law will be fixed. When the bill came up for a vote I called my reps and asked them to vote no.

    My stance is NALB (no adoptee left behind).

  2. Another ditto here – I totally agree that no adoptee should be left behind! But as a mother who relinquished in Illinois, I am equally upset that ALL mothers are left behind. I am incredibly lucky that my daughter found me 2 years ago, but there are many mothers who aren’t so lucky.

    • Agreed Eileen. That was my point as well in my earlier post (linked to it from this one). Open records is open records. Gosh, I would love to see a copy of my daughters original myself – too see her name, the name I gave her, on it? Actually makes me tear up now. Open them all for all. Adults can handle their own relationships and decide who they allow in their lives or not. Keep the government out of it.

      • Ah, sorry, I didn’t read the earlier post first. I would love to see a copy of my daughter’s original birth certificate as well, which is why I don’t like this law. I haven’t broached the subject with my daughter (not my adult birth child – UGH!) because I’m not sure how she would react. I get tears in my eyes just thinking about seeing it as well, but for a different reason than you. I didn’t feel like I was allowed to put the name I had for her on her birth certificate so I think I just signed it. It would be nice to see even my signature on it though as something tangible listing me as her mother.

  3. Suz, thanks for mentioning that not all of us are happy with the Illinois bill (and thanks for linking to my post about it). Elizabeth, I’d love to attend and ask Feigenholtz why I’m left behind too, and why she’s encouraging the media and her fellow legislators in the mistaken belief that “all” adoptees have access under this law.

  4. I recently read an account from someone who just received her OBC via this new bogus law. It is stamped “not for official use”, which is not surprising but is complete bullshit.

    This new law in IL sucks ass. I’ve actually had people congratulate me, and I gave them an earful.

    • Agreed Elizabeth. I saw one already. An Easter house adoptee friend shared hers when she got it. I was undrwhelmed.

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