||Before becoming president of our organization, Joyce Bahr served as Regional Director for the American Adoption Congress, and founded and then facilitated the Manhattan Birth Parents Support Group for 12 years. While volunteering for the AAC, she organized protests to show support for the Adoptees Political Action Committee, which introduced open records legislation in 1993 and lobbied Albany legislators. She became president in 2005 when our legislation was moved out of Judiciary Committee, where the Chair of the Committee Helene Weinstein tabled it without any discussion for 13 years. Assemblymember David Koon had just taken over as bill sponsor from Assemblymember Scott Stringer and, with the help of his Chief of Staff John Joyce, accomplished the tremendous feat of moving our legislation to Health Committee chaired by supporter Assemblymember Richard Gottfried. Joyce announced she would bring a stronger lobby presence to Albany, which meant more trips to Albany, thousands of letters and a statewide organization. She has objected to the amending of our legislation down to anything less than a bill of rights and has appealed to bill sponsor David Weprin, who has tried very hard to get our bill of rights to the floor for a vote. She was reunited with her son in 1985 by a feminist social worker and she knows very well the Women's Movement is supposed to support other women, which they have not done in New York. That goes for adopted women as well as natural/birth mothers in their quest for the truth. She knows confidentiality was a myth or social more, it was never promised to unwed mothers and adoptees, and birth parents are entitled to rights.
In the 1970s social attitudes towards sex and social mores changed. Attitudes towards secrecy and lies in adoption began to change as adult adoptees went public with their desire to have the legal right to know their identity. Single motherhood became accepted and birth/natural fathers not only became acknowledged as fathers but were given legal rights.
With England giving rights in 1975 to both adult adoptees and birth/natural parents, the U.S. began organizing to change laws which were determined to be unfair, outdated and discriminatory. Kansas and Alaska never sealed birth certificates for adult adoptees and, by the 1990s, advocates for change saw several states enacting new laws giving adult adoptees full rights or limited access.
Unlike other countries where social workers showed concern and compassion for adoptees seeking reunification with birth parents, in the U.S. adult adoptees were vilified as mentally ill, misfits and degenerates. Over time the vilification began to subside but for New York adoptees it would not, because two birth/natural mothers living upstate were convicted for breaking into files in the 1990s. Once again, adoptees were seen as bad by some legislators in leadership and birth/natural parents were just as bad.
Over the years and a stronger lobby since 2005, advocates saw more adoption agencies, organizations and studies come out in support of the Bill of Adoptee Rights. The Catholic Church in New York dropped its opposition in 2004. In 2012 a collaboration of child welfare organizations, adoption agencies and Unsealed Initiative lobbied Albany, which included a talk by Adam Pertman — who at that time was Director of the Donaldson Adoption Institute, the foremost think tank on Adoption Issues. Professor Elizabeth Samuels, researcher from the Baltimore School of Law joined UI's lobby team. Despite these efforts and an assembly health committee hearing where only a few spoke in opposition to our legislation, our powerful opponent in the assembly, Assemblymember Helene Weinstein, added to the list of typical negative stereotypes: adoptees as blackmailers. She lobbied the new Speaker Carl Heastie against us, and he did not bring the Bill of Adoptee Rights to the floor as he did his bills with high numbers of sponsors. It took a tremendous amount of work over the years to lobby and see so many names of legislators on A2901/S2490A.
The 1938 sealed birth certificate law reads: After the making of an order of adoption the birth parent of an adopted child shall be relieved of all parental duties toward and all responsibilities for and shall have no rights over such adopted child or to his property by descent or succession. The law does not say birth parents are promised confidentiality, nor is it implied as our opponents want us to believe. Birth parents terminated parental rights and the surrender paper they signed is proof they were not given or promised confidentiality at the time of the surrender.
The amending of the Bill of Adoptee Rights to give judges continued authority over adoptees is not only thinking from the 1960s or an earlier time like the Victorian Era but, like the sealing of birth certificates, is a failed experiment with no research to back it up. In these times of civil and human rights, why should judges play God with the lives of emancipated adults who don't need protection from each other — tax-paying adults who have a proven track record of behaving with maturity and respect when making contact with birth relatives. This truth was noted in the 2007 report For the Records by the Donaldson Adoption Institute. Research from England, Australia and here in the U.S. confirms what many advocates have known for years. Some may wonder why this research and support hasn't moved the Bill of Adoptee Rights to the floor for a vote in Albany. We do not doubt, it's corruption stopping us.
In the quest for the truth we has come to learn that forced or coerced adoption upon unwed mothers was a scheme against naive women who had no legal representation, options, support or information and were easily manipulated back in the days. Also, that some adoption workers and professionals were duped into believing they were giving unwed mothers confidentiality, when in fact they were not. There was a shroud of secrecy surrounding adoption, but many unwed mothers never heard the word confidentiality from agency workers who usually told them to go home and forget about it. Confidentiality was a myth or social more from the past that should not stand in the way of enactment of new laws for the rights of both adoptees and birth parents.
The Promise of Adoption, Not a Promise of Confidentiality by Joyce Bahr
Claims Unsealing Birth Certificates for Adult Adoptees will increase numbers of abortions are Unsubstantiated by Joyce Bahr
Carole L. Whitehead, Legislative Liaison for Unsealed Initiative and wife/mother/grandmother.
Adoption reform activist, graduated college at the age of 44 with a career as a paralegal
and now a certified tumor registrar. Has openly worked for open records by meeting with
legislators, appearing on TV, radio, and has had published many letters to the editor.
Took part in first March on Washington, D.C. Ran workshops at triad adoption conferences
as well as led a support group for birthparents on Long Island for many years. At the age
of 18, was sent to an unwed mothers' home on Staten Island. Searched for and has been
reunited with her son since 1985. Went to his wedding along with her husband and her other
children. He has been to theirs. Helped to reunite many mothers and their surrendered
What is a birthmother? There
are so many misconceptions and variables whenever that word "birthmother" is
uttered or spewed forth and with such disdain that the word can actually cause someone to
gag. The word connotes fear, as in the fear of the unknown. Ask any adoptee about their
unknown birthmother and see the reaction on their faces, a reaction of the unknown ghostly
woman/girl/child who gave birth to them and then tossed them away with the trash. The
adoptive parents fear the birthmother as well. See them cringe when their adopted children
raise the issue of their birthmothers. The birthmother is the person who had to keep the
secret so that no one would ever know about her hidden hideous past as society demanded.
invented the words birthmother/birthfather/birthparent and why? It was coined more than 25
years ago by those powers that wanted to disassociate these soon to be childless mothers
from the children they had to surrender. It is really a derogatory term after all. The
term denied respect to us and lowered our self-esteem to the point where it no longer
existed. We were promised that we would forget our so-called "unwanted" children
that were tossed out with the trash. In keeping with that frame of mind, Gov. Pataki
signed into law on August 6, 2002 replacing the phrase "natural parent" with
"birth parent" in each respective section of the domestic relations law, the
social services law, the insurance law and the surrogate's court procedure act. This
was kicking around the Assembly since 1995 at the urgency of adoptive parents who felt
stigmatized by the use of "natural parent" and their feeling that they were then
"unnatural". The justification behind that is that the National Conference of
Commissioners on Uniform State Laws specifically states in its Uniform Adoption Act that
it does not refer to a child's parents at birth as the "natural" parents
because to do so might imply that it is "unnatural" to be an adoptive parent(s).
Again, the fact that we were the natural parents is no longer considered acceptable. We
should only be looked upon as the birth parents so that adoptive parents can believe in
the fallacy that after birth, we are rendered moot. In reality, the adoptive parents can
now be referred to as the "A" parents and the natural parents as the
"B" parents delegating themselves alphabetically as the primary instead of
Gov. Pataki stated that the
bill does not, and is not intended to, affect in any way the legal rights and
responsibilities of children or parents. Indeed, both sponsors (Sen. Balboni (7th S. D.)
and Rep. Towns, (54th A. D.) have assured him that under no circumstances should the
alteration of language envisioned in the bill be construed as intending to either
strengthen or diminish the position or standing of any parent or child relative to any
other person in any past, current or future dispute before the courts.
Carole Whitehead, Guest Blogger at Adoption Under One Roof: Birth Mothers Punished Before and Continue to Bear the Brunt of NYS Legislators
Hope A. Catricala, adult
adoptee, former President and Founder of the Adoptees Political Action Coalition, also
former President of the Northeastern NY Lupus Foundation of America Chapter, and former
President of NYSAR
would like to welcome you as a viewer, and I know that if you are concerned about adult
adoptees gaining equal access under the laws of New York State to their original birth
certificate, you will find this site of great interest.
I have been
fighting for the rights of adoption triad members for some 12 years now. I strongly
believe that the antiquated laws of New York State need to see change, and I feel that the
legislation currently in both the NYS Assembly and Senate is just the change that our
legislators should establish.
I know from
a very personal level, what it means to every adoptee to be sealed away from updated
medical information. I know the feelings that come from having physicians scratch their
heads and then put that ever so big x across your family history. I know the outcome of
not being permitted to have a connection with birth parents or relatives to acquire
medical information and to end up disabled because of these facts. I also know the outcome
of searching for a connection to both birth parents and having it come to an end at a
I feel very
strongly that NY State legislators must be held accountable for the injustice of the
current sealed records laws, established in 1935. The time has come for NY to establish
legislation which would allow adoptees to be equal citizens under the laws of this state,
and not treated as second-class citizens.
I would ask
that if you are interested in equal rights, if you believe the scales of justice should be
level for all citizens, if you believe in what NYSAR is lobbying for, then become a member
of our group, support our efforts when we lobby our legislators or hold a vigil in Albany.
I would ask you to stand up and be counted in the effort to fight for openness, honesty
and integrity in Adoption. Call, write, fax and/or email the legislators today telling
them you want adoption reform in NY State, you want them to support and pass legislation A
6238a and S 2631a for the good of all NY citizens concerned about adoption and its
Sharon C. Wemple, reunited
adoptee and birth mother, former NYSAR President
I was not
promised confidentiality when I surrendered in 1968. Many birth mothers say that
confidentiality was either not mentioned at the time of surrender or that it was verbally
imposed on them. In the Tennessee and Oregon court cases our opposition, the National
Council for Adoption, was unable to produce any written promises of confidentiality from
its member agencies. Birth mothers do not feel that confidentiality should be used as a
reason to keep records sealed. Actually many birth mothers have been working diligently
for adoptee rights and would like to see records eventually open for birth parents. Also
in recent years birth fathers have come out working for open records. Birth mothers look
to New Zealand, the first country to give birth parents rights in 1985, and the first
country to give women the right to vote. In October 2002, England gave searching birth
parents the right to the records of an adoptee 18 years or older.
Joe Soll, adoptee, author
of Adoption Healing ...A Path to Recovery, psychotherapist and director of Adoption
records need to be opened so that all those separated by adoption have the opportunity to
contact each other. There is no promise of confidentiality in the sealed records statutes
of NY State. The law states that the records may be opened by a judge in the court of
jurisdiction of adoption for good cause. Good cause is not defined, therefore there is no
promise of anonymity. This is the very reason the records were opened in Oregon and
Tennessee in the last few years.
someone the knowledge of how they came into this world is a violation of their most basic
civil, constitutional and human rights. It is cruel and unusual punishment that must be
you to visit my web site for referral to over 475 adoption search and support sites: http://www.adoptioncrossroads.org
We have an
on-line chat room. We are there every evening after 11:30 pm Eastern. Why not stop in and
join us? You might find it helpful. Click here to go to our chat: http://communities.msn.com/Adoptese
have written a book that I think will be helpful to all those whose lives have been
touched by adoption: http://www.adoptionhealing.com
Father Tom Brosnan,
reunited adoptee, activist and spokesperson for the Adoption Reform Movement
and Scandal: for Catholic bishops -- more than alliterative intercourse
in the Catholic Church is about sex but it's also about abuse of power on the part of
bishops who, for fear of scandal, kept secret from unwitting parishioners the fact that
priests reassigned to their parishes were accused and, more often than not, guilty of
sexually abusing children. The bishops' pitiful posture in relation to the crisis is
mirrored in the secrecy they employ in other matters as well, especially those concerning
adoptees who request their original baptismal certificates are issued instead so-called
amended certificates stating, with Episcopal approbation, the following lies: that we
adopted were born to our adoptive parents; that we were baptized by them at a time after
our actual baptism (implying falsely that we were baptized twice); and, in the case of
many, the name given us at baptism changed to match the adoptive name on our amended birth
certificates (symbolically negating the whole point of baptism - to name the child before
When we ask
to see the original baptismal we are told that it is forbidden - by order of the local
bishop. We shall not see the names in which we were baptized; or the names of those who
gave us birth; or the place in which we were baptized. Because, the bishops say,
confidentiality promised birthmothers must be protected (even when it wasn't promised -
even when they don't want it). Ironically, the position that a mother should have a right
to privacy - even from her own child, is forthrightly condemned by the bishops in their
opposition to Roe v. Wade.
For certain. But hypocrisy is but a symptom of a much more metastasized sickness - a long
and heavy addiction to secrecy. "The very soul of bureaucracy," Simone Weil once
called it, "the root of all oppression."
In re Estate of Tilliski,
Appellate Court Fourth District ---June 1944, 323 ILL. App. 490
seems to us that the conclusion is irresistible that an adopted child, in a legal sense,
is both the child of its adopting parent and its natural parent. We reach this result not
only because overwhelming weight of authority in the United States points in that
direction, but to hold otherwise would be extremely unjust and unnatural."
Dr. Judy Kelly, PhD, LMHC, OPAC
Reunited birthmother, Post-Adoption Trauma & Reunion Counselor and Facilitator of the
Manhattan Birthparents Support Group
adoption system attempts to permanently sever the adoptee from his/her roots of origin
-- obliterating the adoptee's genetic identity. By sealing the adoptee's
birth records, the State denies the adoptee access to his/her genetic, cultural,
religious, medical and historical origins. The adoptee's legal identity is altered
without his/her consent.
The adoptive self consists of both
a biological self and an adoptive self. It is only when both aspects of the adoptee are
integrated that the adoptee can perceive his/herself as whole and complete. Instead,
however, the closed adoption system forces a psychic split to occur by purging all
evidence of the adoptee's biological history -- creating an experience of
disconnection from oneself and one's heritage.
We must reinterpret closed
adoption and sealed records in light of current scientific findings. Scientists now
believe that we are not born into this world a blank slate -- that in addition to
environmental influence, there is a genetic inherited component involved in nearly every
trait and behavior. We now know that there is a complex communication system in place
between the mother and fetus. And the infant and mother's psyche is believed to be
undifferentiated for the first few weeks of life. A vital multi-sensory connection is
established between mother and child both in the womb and after. Disruption of this
connection creates the experience of disequilibrium, loss, incompletion. We now understand
that traumatic memory is stored in the body at the cellular level. Adoptees experience
their early history at the cellular level. Yet, sealed records invalidate this experience
and thwart the journey of the adoptive self toward self-discovery and authenticity. The
adoptee's initial trauma of separation from the mother is compounded by the denial of
access to his/her birth identity.
As a reunited birthmother and
counselor, I am privy to the trauma experienced by both mother and child as a consequence
of sealed records. My own healing journey was initiated when I made the decision to find
my son. This healing was accelerated as I researched the long-term effects of
relinquishment on birthmothers for my Master's thesis (http://jkelly.110mb.com/)
and discovered the impact of secrecy and sealed records on the lives of those touched by
adoption. I firmly believe that sealed records are a blatant and inhumane violation of the
adoptee's civil rights. The fight for open records is an attempt to return to the
adoptee his/her birthright: THE RIGHT TO ONE'S OWN BIRTH RECORDS!
Dale Hamberger, reunited
birth mother, served as Secretary of Manhattan Birthparents Support Group for many years,
worked for the AAC and New York Statewide Adoption Reform
Hearts, Open Minds, Open Records
The American society must care
about rights of the adopted person. We must care enough to give adoptees the respect they
deserve and pass open records legislation immediately.
has already been changed with thousands of adoptees and birth parents searching since the
1970's. To know one's roots and birth famiy is a natural curiosity.
it. If you want to find something that is important to your life and belongs to you. Why
should you have to spend years searching? Why should you have to pay a searcher large sums
Trisha Foley, CSW
As the daughter of a woman who
was adopted, I often wondered about my relatives. My mother was an only child in her
adopted family, but we knew she had at least two sisters - her adopted mother had known
this. My mother never had a real desire to search when she was young since her adopted
parents were wonderful to her, but she too often wondered about her birth family. As I got
older I started to wonder not only about what my birth relatives would be like, but I
realized how important it was for us to have their medical history for our own health.
Following the death of my
mothers adopted parents and her husband (my father) my mother expressed a real strong
desire to search for her birth family. I helped her in that search and it was a long, hard
process. We were able to do most of it ourselves but after reaching some dead ends we
finally had to hire a professional to help us search. We finally did find my mothers birth
family and it was so rewarding for everyone involved. Today we have wonderful
relationships with them and we have also learned some very important medical information
regarding our family history.
Shelly Lester, reunited
adoptee (Shelly worked for many years volunteering/helping others find when she
herself could not)
Bernice passed away on
November 15 , 2002 just three days before she would have been 95 years old. I was reunited
with my birthmother in February of 1997, four years after I learned I was adopted with my
twin brother. We were raised together.
I found out we were adopted at
my son's wedding where a family friend told me that his aunt did not know my parents
(deceased at the time) when they adopted Billy and I. This started the search.
I learned that records were
sealed for the good of the child. I was a 46 year old child that needed protection. I got
my "entitlement" which was non identifying information, which for the most part
was accurate except for the Housewife part which lead me to view hundreds of marriage
I found basically with the on
line phone books - my mother was listed and after writing 1400 letters and four years
later, writing more - she finally wrote to me. I have zillions of cousins and they love
me! I am saddened by what I have missed because of sealed records and heartened by all the
years ahead of me with my birth family. Now to find Daddy! Picture but no name!
If the good of the child is
what is considered sacred then the child should have the information that the child needs
to find without going through the emotional torment, the expense and heart break of
fruitless searches. I found by luck - met great people - like Joyce Bahr - and the process
has made me stronger. But open records would have given me more time with my birth mother
and birth family. Open records should have been my constititional right. I did not sign
any contract when I was adopted, now both my adoptive parents and birth mother are dead -
so who is it protecting?
It took me six months to get
up the nerve to attend an ALMA (Adoptees Liberty Movement Association) meeting. Many times
I would get off the subway at Lexington Avenue and walk past St. Peter's church. Finally I
got up the nerve to attend a meeting - cried the entire time and finally bonded with the
search assistants. Vinny Graham, the head search assistant, met me at the library at least
twice a week where I went through the census, birth indexes, marriage indexes, etc. He did
spreadsheets for me, reviewed notes with me. I became a search assistant myself before I
found my birth mother and ALMA became one of the most important parts of my life.
I met Joyce Bahr when I
contacted the AAC (American Adoption Congress) and we became friends. She was always there
for me emotionally and encouraged me to continue to pursue my search despite set backs and
some heart breaks.
I miss my search buddies since
the ALMA meetings stopped and after I found my birth family my energies were toward
reunions and searching for my father. Although Open Records would have made it easier for
me, I would never trade the friends I have made during the search!
Ellen Durant, reunited
birth mother, activist and lobbyist, former NYSAR legislative liaison, former AAC state
The rights of all U.S.
citizens must be protected. New York State must pass legislation to open the previously
sealed birth records of adult adoptees. The State must no longer continue to impose these
I am a birthmother who
searched for and was reunited with her daughter in 1976. Although it has been proven over
and over that the majority of birthmothers greatly suffer their loss, want to know who
their children are and do not want confidentiality, I speak not for myself and other
birthmothers, but for my daughter and all other adult adoptees who are denied their rights
to their own birth records . . . those people, who as adults, have to live by a contract
they had no opportunity to consider.
I was given no choice at the
time -- having to do what my parents told me. While neither did I want nor was I
promised confidentiality, I realize that -- though under duress and ignorance -- I
signed the agreement of surrender. My infant daughter did not. Yet, she, as all adoptees
are unconstitutionally forced to live by a contract and rules that they never had a say
in. A contract that affects their entire lives and may often even put them in jeopardy.
Alex Haley wrote, "In all
of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know who we are and where we come from. Without
this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in
life, there is a vacuum, emptiness and a mostly disquieting loneliness."
6 million plus adoptees make
up approximately 12% of our population. For this population, sealed records create a
health hazard. They are people without a genetic history; people without medical records;
people without knowledge of their roots.
The system of closed adoption
records is archaic and discriminatory. In 1987, a task force of the Child Welfare League
of America advocated for open records. Yet, our state, the State of New York, continues to
impose sealed records upon adult adoptees, denying them of their civil and human rights.
Is it not time to support
truth, honesty and openness in adoption? Is it not time to release all those within the
adoption circle of imposed perpetual slavery, denying them information about themselves
and their children?
Indeed, it is!
Adoptees are the last minority
in this country to be denied by law their full civil and human rights.
11 years of our stifled proposed New York Sate legislation, let's at last make this a
reality in 2003.
Margaret Walczer, birth
mother and member of Manhattan Birthparents Support Group, hoping to find
Records: A Heartbreaker
My son was
born July 4, 1968, in Palm Beach County, Florida. Six months later in Atlanta, Georgia I
surrendered him for adoption and I want very much to find him. I do remember that his
adoptive mother is Hispanic.
have any other identifying information. I do have hope and cannot imagine not ever knowing
my son. State legislatures must change these old laws from the 1930's. These unfair
laws just add to our pain.
Fred Baruch, birth father,
midtown Income Tax Accountant (phone 212-757-3803) attended Manhattan Birthparents Support
Group meetings, hoping to find daughter
Must Be Open
for my daughter born in Manhattan in October 1963. I remember that her mother was Swedish,
that her mother was staying at the Inwood House on 15th Street, and that Spence Chapin
could have been the agency that handled the adoption. Although I'm not 100% certain that
she was given up, there is a good possibility that she was and I want to find her.
that the closed record law would have been changed long before now. These laws from the
1930's are out of touch with the times. They don't make sense in today's world.
Gerald A. Regan,
Astoria-based writer and editor, notes that he is still adopted 49 years after his
birth, even after joyously finding his Irish-American mother alive and well
Gerry produces "The
Wild Geese Today -- The Epic History and Heritage of the Irish" www.TheWildGeese.com Email:
Those of us
who were adopted in New York and who are now old enough to vote are not permitted, by law,
access to our true birth-certificates. (In fact, now that I think about it, why are our
adoptive parents' names on our state-issued BIRTH certificates anyway?) The so-called
"amended" birth certificates issued to adopted individuals, which list only our
ADOPTIVE parents, are literally unreal. We don't want the state abetting the unhealthy
fantasies of those who are encouraged to imagine that birth parents, with the stroke of a
pen, become irrelevant. The current laws sealing these records are abetting a fraud, and a
very costly one at that, one that daily imperils the emotional and physical well-being of
millions of people. We need legislation providing us access to our birth records to
restore integrity to our lives and the lives of millions of adopted New Yorkers, and those
who love them.
Bill Aronis, 79 year old
adoptee from Kingston, New York, fighting to change the outdated and discriminatory law
that seals records in New York
1942, AT AGE 18 "I VOLUNTEERED" TO JOIN THE ARMY.
IN 1944 I WAS A 20 YEAR OLD ADULT WHEN "I CONSENTED" TO MY OWN ADOPTION WHILE I
WAS HOME ON FURLOUGH FROM THE ARMY.
I SERVED MY COUNTRY DURING WW2 FOR 3 1/2 YEARS AND ANOTHER 11 MONTHS DURING KOREA.
CAN SOME ONE EXPLAIN TO ME HOW THE STATE JUSTIFIES DENYING ME MY OWN BIRTH CERTIFICATE?
THIS IS AN INSULT TO THE SERVICE I HAVE GIVEN TO MY COUNTRY.
WHAT HURTS EVEN MORE IS THAT MY WHOLE FAMILY HAS SERVED OUR COUNTRY IN THE MILITARY.
MY WIFE WAS IN THE ARMY 'WACS', MY OLDEST SON SERVED IN THE ARMY 'GREEN BERETS' FOR 20
YEARS AND OUR YOUNGEST SON WAS IN THE 'AIR FORCE' FOR 3 YEARS.
WE ARE A PATRIOTIC FAMILY.
Linda Zoblotsky has toured the U. S. in THE SOUND OF MUSIC as Sister Sophia and THE
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, as Madame Giry. She enjoyed playing Miss Lynch in GREASE! with
Frankie Avalon. Linda has played Mama Rose in GYPSY, Fanny Brice in FUNNY GIRL and Agnes
in I DO! I DO! Featured vocals: Prentice Hall's HEARTWORKS and Collier Macmillan's
GUESSWORKS, 2 recordings created and written by Howard Beckerman, providing the music and
lyrics for LINDA ZOBLOTSKY IS LUVCHILD!
the adoption community has great interest in the passing of the New York State Bill A6238,
The Bill of Adoptee Rights. This legislation would give adopted adults absolute right to
access to their original birth certificates and other identifying information. Another
adoption triad group, adopted adults, birthparents and adoptive families are working to
open birth records in Maryland. Adopted adults can now obtain their original birth
certificate in NH.
I have written a play about my search for my Birthmother called LINDA ZOBLOTSKY IS
LUVCHILD [see Plays/Films page]. This entertaining, musical
and educational one-woman play explores the feelings of an adopted woman, as she is
looking for her Birthmother and her identity.
I am hoping to perform LUVCHILD for The Boston Social Forum, Gender Studies Programs,
Schools of Social Work, Philosophy and Education in colleges and universities and the NY
State Senate and Assembly. People learn and understand why adopted people want to connect
to their families in this one-hour humorous and thoughtful performance piece. Adopted
people, who choose to search for their parents, are following that Eastern star to their
I was 40 when I finally found my Birthparents. They are both 62 years young and thrilled
that I found them. It has been 18 months since we first met over the telephone. They live
in California. We have traveled back and forth to catch up on 40 years. My Mother lives in
Berkeley and my Father lives in L.A. They stayed friends and they worked together to find
I didn't like to talk about my search or my adoption, when I was searching. People would
often ask me why I was looking for my Mother who gave me up. I couldn't answer that
question because I didn't like being reminded that my Mother had to relinquish me. I won't
give up on writing about how cruel sealed birth records are to the people, who are lost in
adoption, who are searching. We are lost in adoption because the people of our government
and society need to understand that sealed birth records keep natural families apart. I
didn't even know my ethnic background or my parent's names. I could watch people
researching their background and genealogy in the public library. Even though I've had
reunion, the law denies me access to my vital statistics, my original birth records - the
truth, my truth.
More Statements to Come!