Change can’t happen until lawmakers understand the human costs behind well-intentioned, but failed policies. This is where you come in. If you are an adult adoptee affected by closed access, or you are a birth/first parent, or family member of an adoptee, we need you to write your legislator to tell them how you feel. HEAR has made that process simple for you. Just follow the steps!
NOTE: Please be sure to include your email address in the body of your email to legislators
You can write your letter in your own words OR use the sample letter below. If you choose to use the sample letter, just copy and paste the text into the “message” box in Step #3. Be sure to fill in your name in the first paragraph.
May 22, 2017
My name is [FIRST] [LAST] and I am a constituent who resides in your district. I am writing you today to show support for a bill before the Indiana General Assembly this session that would give adult adoptees from Indiana’s “closed records” period access to their original birth records which have been sealed to them.
Adoptees and advocates from around the state are thrilled with the momentum gained on this issue last year and look to see similar legislation passed once and for all during the 2016 session. We hope to count on you to support it.
For the hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers who were adopted in Indiana between 1941 and 1993, birth certificates are sealed. Indiana must pass a bill this session to give adult adoptees born in this time period the same right of access to their original birth certificate as those born after 1994, when the state allowed adoptee record access for every child adopted going forward.
Today’s system is broken. The current law leaves adult adoptees with no original birth certificate, no names of their birth/first parents, no knowledge of their background or circumstances of their adoption, and no medical history. Adult adoptees in Indiana shouldn’t be penalized, or second class citizens, just because of the year they were born.
It’s important to note that, if passed, Indiana would only extend a system that already exists.
I urge you to vote in favor of equal access to adoption records in the 2016 session to provide adult adoptees the critical information they need to make sound decisions in their lives – most notably – access to their family medical history. Please help Indiana’s adult adoptees and birth/first parents experience the same closure that adoptees in the 13 “open access” states currently enjoy.
An individual’s personal origin story goes to the very heart of his or her identity. Please help make Indiana the 14th state to open records to allow this access to all Hoosiers, regardless of the year they were born.