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As a 64 year old adopted woman I would urge you to give very serious
consideration to revising the access laws concerning an adopted person's
rights to his/her birth certificate and adoption agency information.
I have been very fortunate in that I have successfully located my birth
family in the past two years, absolutely without the assistance of the
Adoption Board, and while I will admit that not all outcomes are as
happy as mine, surely every adopted person has a basic right to their
identity. You are lucky that you can trace your own family
back through the generations without even thinking about it, and I know
that those who have not been adopted find it difficult to understand our
need to establish our identity, but just think that at the moment our
identity only begins with ourselves, and we have no reference to a
past generation for similarities of features, personalities, and most
important of all, medical conditions.
I have a non-threatening condition called Vitiligo, and have discovered
that my birth mother also had it, and no doubt I will pass it on to
I have a daughter who is coeliac, and although I sometimes have a dodgy
stomach, this is something else probably inherited. These of
course are very minor conditions compared with someone with a
life-threatening illness who perhaps could be helped if family history
Please, please look at these laws again. There are many
people out there depending on you. Don't let them down.
Bernie, Co. Cork
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|“In all of us there
is a hunger, marrow-deep, to know our heritage, to know who we are
and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there
is a hollow yearning . . . and the most disquieting
Alex Haley, Author of Roots