Last year when I read Craig Hickman’s stunning memoir, Fumbling Toward Divinity: the Adoption Scriptures I knew that I’d have have to post his Letter to a Wisconsin Bureaucrat which appears at the end of the book.
With Craig’s permission, here is his Letter to a Wisconsin Bureaucrat:
Thank you once again for your prompt attention to these matters. I received a copy of my original birth certificate via fax this morning and look forward to it in the mail.
It is unfortunate that Frank East’s name does not appear on my original birth certificate, written in long hand. Unfortunately, this cannot be amended. It would be more unfortunate if his name were deleted from the clean copy of my adoption records as well, especially since Dania, Florida, which is where he also currently resides, was left in full view on the document the first time I received it.
I will challenge such a deletion should I receive my records without it.
You apologized for my experience and stated that you do not know what happened. Simply put, my request was not read. I submitted my birth mother’s notarized letter along with a request to receive a clean copy of my adoption file, and I was given a form-letter response, as though I were someone initiating a new search. If I had already located and met my birth mother, then why on earth would I be interested in a document describing the entire search program to me and requesting up-front money for the state to begin searching? Presumably, the bureaucrats were too lazy to read my letter and too lacking of compassion to see the human being behind the letter.