Spotlighting a Transracial Adoptee on Independence Day 2015

Today, on the 4th of July, I quote April Dinwoodie, CEO of the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) and a trans-racial adoptee:

In my twenties I began the process of trying to uncover what happened before I was adopted and to get essential information about family genetics. I went to vital records and was told that yes, indeed, they had my original birth certificate, but no, I could not have it.

Freedom? Where was my freedom to know what most non-adopted people know from the beginning — their heritage, their backstory, their medical information? I could not fathom the fact that I was denied information that was mine. How could not having what was inherently mine be legal?

Click here to read her entire blog post: Thinking About Independence, and Freedom to Explore My Identity, on the 4th of July.