Bridging the Gap: Adoption Agency Troubles Heat Up in Texas

The largest adoption agency in Texas, Adoption Services Associates (ASA), recently filed for bankruptcy and informed all their adoptive clients of the close, but did not inform their birthparent clients. ASA’s successor adoption agency, Abrazo Adoption Services, has made attempts to reconnect birthparents and their respective adoptive families using ASA’s database, but its proving to be a difficult task for their small, three-person operation. In addition, Texas does not allow adult adoptees the same access to original Birth Certificates that non-adopted persons have.

The Declassified Adoptee blog recently wrote a piece about the bankruptcy incident and the serious issues it raises, including rights for both adoptees and birth families. Among them are rights and protections the Independent Adoption Center has long advocated for. They include:

  • Legally enforceable Open Adoption Agreements – IAC’s own Kathleen Silber has written, “Open adoption agreements don’t hinder the relationship in any way; they simply outline what the parties themselves have agreed to.” These agreements preserve the rights of all members of the adoption triad.
  • Adoptee access to original Birth Certificates – Every person should have access to their original birth certificate and family records. This is a matter of civil rights and human dignity, to say nothing of the medical and legal aspects. Legislators in Texas should make immediate moves to end this discrimination against adoptees.

What do you think of the ASA situation in Texas, and what would you like to tell legislators about adoptee and birthparent rights? Let us know in the comments.

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  • http://twitter.com/AmandaTDA Amanda

    Thanks for linking.

    Does the IAC have an official position statement on OBC access that legislators can refer to if needed?  Let me know.  amanda@declassifiedadoptee.com.

  • Sharon Simons

    I am an adoptive Mom, at last, of 2 and I have just released a new iPhone 5 mobile app specifically made for the Adoption Journey! TheAdoptionApp is an International Adoption and Domestic Adoption iPhone Mobile App that gives you Checklists, Tasks & Documents to help you navigate the Adoption Process. Check out the details at http:/www.theadoptionapp.com & download the app at http://www.itunes.com/apps/theadoptionapp

  • RyanSchwab

    Hi Amanda! Thanks for commenting. We agree with you about the importance of adoptee access to OBC’s. Here is our newest post outlining our position: http://www.adoptionhelp.org/blog/2012/protecting-the-rights-of-adopted-individuals-through-open-adoption-and-open-records/

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