This is a site that is all about Adoption Rights, focusing on Texas adoption rights. We will be posting links to current legislation, information about how to contact Representatives and links to other useful sites. Our goal is to educate people about what's happening in Texas with regards to adoption laws, and discuss what that means for adoptees, birth parents and adoptive parents. Please respond to posts with comments, suggestions, questions and helpful links. Thank You!

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

NEW LAW! NEW POST!

TEXAS LETS SOME ADOPTEES GET BIRTH RECORDS!!!

Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill into law on June 17 that will enable adult adopted persons who know the identity of each parent named on the original birth certificate, to receive a non-certified copy of their original birth certificates without obtaining a court order. They bill (HB240) introduced in February by House Rep. Tony Goolsby amends Section 192.008 of the Texas Health and Safety Code, and will take effect on Sept.1 , 2005.

22 Comments:

Blogger Starfire said...

I would like to say that I can't see how the new law helps adoptees who do *not* know the names of their birth parents. Without this crucial information, we are still in the dark regarding our birth parents' names, as well as, in some cases, our own names at birth.

I am fortunate, in that I do know my birth name, but I wasn't born in Texas, I was born in New York state.

So, what does the new law do for me, and others like me? It's of no use to anyone without their birth parents' names, and it angers me that we still have to jump through hoops to get that information, despite the new law.

Starfire

5:58 PM

 
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This law is basically useless to older adoptees. We had sealed adoptions and have no clue as to the identity of either parent. Just exactly who does this law help. Not me! We need to know where we came from and who we look like, and if we can't have that, at least we should have access to our family's medical history. Obviously this law was intended to make Rick Perry feel better not adoptees.

8:40 PM

 
Blogger AMYADOPTEE said...

Look I don't know how to get a hold of you. I write a blog on adoption. I am a Texan but was born and adopted in Indiana. I want to do what I can to change the law here since it looks like it might be easier. Then I want to change Indiana's law. I am going to join TxCare tomorrow. My blog addy is http://www.amyadoptee.blogspot.com/ My email addy is amyburt40@yahoo.com. I want to forever change the laws on adoption.

6:05 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you! This actually did help me. Several years ago I was very frustrated with the system and gave up on trying to "really" find out who my parents were. Through odd circumstances and coincidences I think I know who they are. I wanted my original birth certificate so I could be 100% sure. Now I know that it may be possible to attain it. Thank you this gives me hope!

1:13 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happens if you only know one parent and never got told who the father was?

6:38 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had no birth name and I have never been able to find out any further info on my biological parents. I am 29 and still my search is weak. The adoption agency changes the info I ask for each time I call. What does that tell you? Where are the laws for my rights as an adoptee who can't get a bit of honesty on the NON IDENTIFYING info from the adoption agency? Adopttes like me are left helpless with little or no correct info, while other are searching with a birth name and some type of birth parent leads.....

9:03 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a let down. We have the information dangled in front of us. Oh but wait! We have to have the names to get the information. I mean come on thats why we want the records to find out the names!!!!

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11:33 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where do I go to get this birth certificate? I know both of my birth patents. My adoption took place in Texas but I was born in Clovis New Mexico

12:13 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To those of you who are trying to find your father.
try this: Go to several on-line sites and submit to a DNA test, and let the program match your DNA to those in the company's DNA bank. Our family has used two sights; 23andMe, and Ancestry.com. We found the family or surname of an adopted cousin, age 65. And learned it was one of 3 brothers. So, it takes time, but you can narrow it down.

3:49 PM

 
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11:49 AM

 
Blogger Authorsue said...

If we have the names of both biological parents, why would we need the Texas courts? I am 67, and I have been looking for my father's name for nearly 30 years. I don't have much time left. Who can I talk to?

authorsue@gmail.com

6:03 PM

 
Blogger Jimmy Fredder said...

It sounds like this law, while relaxing some of the requirements, still didn't help as much as people had hoped. Has any progress been made since this was written?
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7:26 PM

 
Anonymous txasadoptee said...

Exactly! I even had to go through a court appointed intermediary in Tarrant county who told me the only identifying info in my records was a birth mom name. But she didn't tell me what it was. 24 years later I still don't know .

8:44 AM

 
Blogger Unknown said...

11 yrs ago my 4 children were taken away & adopted. As of this year, my 2 oldest now live with me & the ties have been severed with adoptive parents. They are 18 & 20, and wish to go back to their birth names. How do we go about getting this done?

3:33 PM

 
Blogger Happy mama said...

11 yrs ago my 4 children were taken away & adopted. As of this year, my 2 oldest now live with me & the ties have been severed with adoptive parents. They are 18 & 20, and wish to go back to their birth names. How do we go about getting this done?

3:34 PM

 
Blogger Happy mama said...

11 yrs ago my 4 children were taken away & adopted. As of this year, my 2 oldest now live with me & the ties have been severed with adoptive parents. They are 18 & 20, and wish to go back to their birth names. How do we go about getting this done?

3:34 PM

 
Blogger Happy mama said...

11 yrs ago my 4 children were taken away & adopted. As of this year, my 2 oldest now live with me & the ties have been severed with adoptive parents. They are 18 & 20, and wish to go back to their birth names. How do we go about getting this done?

3:35 PM

 

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