Really, Pennsylvania? I was today years old when I learned that one of the stipulations for receiving a summarized version of your original birth certificate in the state of Pennsylvania is that you must meet certain educational standards!
Since 2017, any adoptee at least eighteen years of age must possess a high school diploma, a GED or have legally(??) withdrawn from school in order to qualify to apply.
Just to apply.
Every time I think I have learned of the worst and/or most ridiculous bar to access that has been written into law, I talk with an adoptee from yet another state in this great union for an episode of my podcast. I then head to that fabulous resource adopteerightslaw.com for a summary of the relevant laws, double-check by visiting the states pertinent webpage, and shake my head.
Or feel the rage bubbling up.
In some states or countries, adoptees must prove we are of sound mind in order to receive our own information.
In at least one state(Tennessee!) adoptees have to sign contracts agreeing to not contact family or be subject to criminal charges.
Proof of schooling is a first for me.
Please tell me of any state or country that requires a non adopted person to present a diploma in order to get a copy of their birth certificate!!!
Seriously. Show me.
Pennsylvanias state motto is Virtue, liberty and Independence.
Try living up to your motto, Pennsylvania! Honor an adopted persons agency.
Please join me on 14 February for a discussion with Kirsten Weatherford as she describes her fight to obtain her docs, and the lengths she had to go to in order to succeed.