NEW YORK (AP) -- A leading adoption institute is urging states to follow the path of Tennessee and seven other states in giving adult adoptees access to their birth records.
The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute says in a comprehensive report released today that the experience of the states that allow adopted people to get their birth records, once they become adults, has shown there are minimal, if any, repercussions.
Opponents of open access argue that unsealing birth records violates the privacy that birthmothers expected when they opted to give up their babies. They raise the specter of birthparents forced into unwanted relationships with grown children who have tracked them down.
But the Donaldson Institute says most birthparents, rather than being fearful and ashamed, welcome contact with the children they bore.
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