It is past time to give adopted adults access to their original birth certificates, and the Gladney Center for Adoption is working to make that happen. As with everything else, adoption is ever evolving. Even with this evolution, everything surrounding the adoption is intended to protect everyone involved, including the best interests of the child as well as the rights and needs of the birth parents. When the child grows up and wants to search for his or her birth parents, we must continue to be respectful of the birth parents, allowing them to have some control over having their story exposed. In the new age of technology and genetic testing, limiting access to birth records does not protect birth mothers. Giving easy access to birth certificates will not only allow adopted adults to search out and possibly connect with their birth parents, it will give birth parents the opportunity to choose their next steps in a world where privacy is not guaranteed.
Lex is an adorable 4 year old girl! She laughs when she is amused. Her file was originally completed in the fall of 2017.
Knox turned 3 years old in April and boy is he a cutie! We don’t have photos that can be shared publicly, but we have several, and a couple videos, that can be shared with families interested in reviewing his profile. His caregivers describe Knox as sweet and gentle.
COVID has taken on a completely different meaning. After 51 days in quarantine, I have learned to put my purpose over panic. The first few weeks in quarantine were pure chaos; swarming with uncertainty. Despite hearsay of what the future holds, I know one thing must continue – my role as a working mother. Being home made my role no different than any other day. Sure, there was a change by working remote and being with my children 24-hours, but with a routine, everything and everyone fell in place.
Kristen turned 8 years old earlier this month! She seems to have such a fun, spunky personality from looking at the photos included in her profile – check out the one below! There is a whole series of her dressed up with different hats and she’s doing a unique, fun pose for each photo. We can’t share the photos publicly, but be sure to inquire if you’d like to review Kristen’s profile, or join our private Taiwan advocacy Facebook group!