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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.

Adoptee Rights: An Overview

Adoptee Rights: An Overview

What are your rights as an adoptee? Find an overview of the adoptee rights movement, its history, and the progress being made today in the fight...

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Adoptees and Inheritance

Adoptees and Inheritance

Some birth parents, adoptive parents and adoptees have questions about the inheritance rights of adopted children. Can adopted children inherit from biological parents? From adoptive parents?...

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Adoption Birth Certificate Access for Adoptees

Adoption Birth Certificate Access for Adoptees

Can adoptees access their original birth certificate? Here’s what you need to know about your original and amended birth certificates and how to access them as...

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Getting Involved in Adoptee Rights

Getting Involved in Adoptee Rights

As a member of the adoption community, you can help protect adoptee rights. Here’s what everyone in the adoption triad can do to get involved.

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Protecting Citizenship for International Adoptees

Protecting Citizenship for International Adoptees

Establishing U.S. citizenship for adopted children and adults is critical in the adoption process. Here’s what you can do to make sure your citizenship is protected...

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Social Security and Adoption

Social Security and Adoption

Can an adopted child receive social security benefits from their birth or adoptive parents? Learn more about adoption and the social security benefits you may be...

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