I was born in Minnesota and handled by Catholic Charities.
This story was me at age 22.
I bypassed the archaic laws and found a kind judge in Wisconsin who let me read my sealed adoption file. I could not keep copies of anything, of course. So I looked at the papers with young eyes, not even knowing what I was reading. I kept those notes and memorized them. Those two pieces of paper went with me when I moved. I still have them. (The pencil notes have faded now.)
I found my mother first, but it took YEARS to find her and ask her who was my dad.
So I have to ask Minnesota why would you not release my original birth certificate to me now? Why would you refuse me when I have met my birthfather who has since passed? And my birthmom Helen has passed too!
What gives Minnesota the right to refuse adoptees our own documents of identity?
Minnesota was one of the traffickers of babies, using the Indian Adoption Projects, as I wrote in the books Two Worlds and Called Home. They have plenty to hide, which is probably why they have not unsealed their adoption files.
the adoptee know if reconnection is desired and includes a birthparent’s contact information.)