It’s enough to make me want to move to New England. Along with Maine and New Hampshire, Rhode Island has restored the rights of adoptees, allowing them access to their original birth certificates. Rights advocates battled for twenty years in Rhode Island, and it could be that Connecticut will be the next state to win its battle for adoptee rights.
So now there are seven states where adoptees have access to their original birth certificates. Maybe soon there will be eight.
My son’s original birth certificate resides in the state of Iowa.
Dear Iowa, please look east and pay attention.
Oh, and isn’t it neat–the Rhode Island state flag? It says “Hope.”