My friend, Musing Mother, just posted a piece that was written tongue-in-cheek with her usual funny sarcasm. Her post addresses the idiocy of the agencies, NCFA and others on that end who are scrambling away from any responsibility for the many injuries of adoption.
Her idea is simple but effective; if they want to keep the records closed, then let them and the powers that be (government) finance and institute regular DNA testings for the markings of possible disease characteristics. When faced with that kind of financial drain, they would be only too happy to open the records. It's like anything else in this sappy, happy, capitalistic society of ours. Threaten the bottom line and you get results.
The whole idea behind the "required mothers' medical history" touted in some open records proposals is their way of transferring the responsibility onto the mothers along with possible law suits and jail terms. Luckily, we have HIPAA protection as does everyone else in the country. Of course, it wouldn't be the first time that the industry tried to circumvent the law for their own benefit.
It's still such a simple thing. Let adult adopted people have their OBC's and give them to the mothers, as well. We were still the parents of record when these documents were created, yet we were not given a copy of the OBC just like we were not given copies of our surrender documents.
If the industry wants to follow the path of least resistance and look a bit better in the eyes of the adopted people and their mothers, then let us find each other, develop whatever relationship we wish and share information the tried and true, old-fashioned way.
Unless, of course, they have anything to hide..................?