Adoptee Rights

Everyone, adopted or not, deserves to know who they are and where they came from. That’s the basis of the adoptee rights movement — an effort to provide adult adoptees with legal access to their birth certificates, knowledge of their personal and medical history and more.

While many non-adopted persons are automatically granted these legal and social rights, not all adoptees are. In the articles below, learn more about the history of adoptee rights and the legislative progress being made on important adoptee issues today, including adoption birth certificate access. Find information about the inheritance and social security benefits adoptees may be entitled to, as well as guidelines for international adoptees to ensure their citizenship is protected.

Remember, because you are a member of the adoption community, there are steps you can take to ensure the adoption process is fair for everyone in the adoption triad — birth parents, adoptive parents, and most importantly, adoptees.