Good Morning everyone! One of the big stories yesterday was the White House’s release of President Obama’s official birth certificate. According to a CNN article, this was to dispel rumors that President Obama was born outside of the United States. How does this relate to adoption you ask? Well, that same CNN article interviewed Adam Pertman, who is the Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, about that very question along with many other adoption issues.
Bergman believes that because the White House released President Obama’s birth certificate as proof that he was in fact born in America, they are stating how important a document it is. This of course leads to his question, about why adoptees are unable to see their original birth certificates, which would not only give them a window into their birth family’s background, but could also be helpful to build a medical history which is very important. Bergman covers this issue, and many more, much better than I ever will be able to, so I encourage you all to read the interview.