If you were adopted in Illinois and your request for your original birth certificate under that state’s new Feigenholtz Folly obc “access” law (HB 5428) has been turned down, then Mary Fuller is looking for you! Mary writes: I’ve started compiling a list of those who have been rejected an OBC or to register with IARMIE. (Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange.) Please email me if you fall into this category. This is a result of someone contacting me who has been told he can’t register with IARMIE because he is a grandson. I’m too young myself although my birth mother is deceased and died shortly after the Registry went into effect. I fear that Sara and Melisha’s new law has left out too many folks. There was a big rush to get the bill through so those of us who could have been of help were shut out. You can read Mary’s latest blog about Illinois here. Note that although Mary is a grandmother, and her first mother is dead, she is not yet old enough and thus responsible enough to qualify for her own birth certificate–despite what Feigenholtz says to to the contrary on her own webpage. Continue Reading →
Here’s a couple must-read blogs: New blogger (but not new to adoption reform) Mary Fuller has launched The Rights of Adoptees blog. She’s got some kick-ass entries on Illinois which are relevant to every state that treats bastards as social and legal pariahs. Mary and I go back a long way. I first ran into her on the old FIDONET adoption BBS in..what…1992? Also check out Baby Love Child’s latest entry on the Sueppel murders in Iowa. Good commentary and a great compendium of links to the case. What’s Holt afraid of? HAPPY READING!