My friend Patrice Ripley has started blogging again with The Happy Housewife. Don’t let the title fool you. She’s not trying to teach you how to clean your sink with candle wax or make crepe suzettes from kitchen scraps. Patrice is addressing with delightful militancy, hardcore issues such as sealed records and the danger federal laws such as Real-ID endanger and impact the rights of adopted people In conjunction with her latest blog, It’s Time for Adoptees to Get All Anarchist, Up the Heat…. Patrice has put out an internet call for adoptees suffering from Late Amended Birth Certificate Issuance Syndrome causing them an inability to receive passports, Social Security benefits,and even jobs:
I am looking to connect with American adoptees that have amended birth certificates that show an issue date of three years or more after their date of birth, and/or no actual certificate number . These pieces of paper are non compliant with the real ID act and can cause real problems with gaining or retaining employment , or retaining or being issued a passport under the new e-verify system. This is an issue that needs to be addressed in a public forum. This is something that access to OBC’s can and will eliminate. IF the government will not rectify this particular situation, then the demand should be that the government provide this portion of the population with at minimum a living wage benefit scenario that includes healthcare , much like disability or SSI.
For the record Bastard Nation and I have repeatedly argued in testimony, blogs, and discussions the legal disabilities regarding hinky ABCs, Real-Id, and other government attacks on Class Bastard. (here and here.) Strangely enough I’ve seen little discussion of this from the deform side that still focuses on Primal Wound, PDTD, and killer adoptees.. My piece on passports is here.
Contact Patrice at jimpfamily@gmail
Another blog to watch out for is Maureen McCauley Evans’ Light of Days Stories, which takes a critical look at international adoption and CHIFF. Her latest blog, Alleged Child Smuggling Comes to Light in DRC, Amid Hopes of Avoiding “A Media Storm” takes on the recent report of Congolese child-smuggling-to-American-adopters:
There has been, for months, a highly publicized, highly vocal campaign by families affected by the DRC decision to suspend granting of exit permits. The campaign has been led by Both Ends Burning, which has been aggressive in its lobbying to get the DRC to change its position and allow the children to leave. BEB may be the adoption lobbying group now urging discretion about the attempt to smuggle children out of the DRC. BEB’s silence now is almost puzzling, not condemning the smuggling or even acknowledging it on their web page.
I like to think of Maureen as our anti-Katy Jay, only Maureen is a nice person and knows what she’s talking about.
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