Monday, March 16, 2009

Probably not this Information

So today is Freedom of Information Day. It kicks off the beginning of Sunshine Week. It is an effort by the media to draw attention to the vital role that freedom of information plays in our society.

From the website dedicated to it,

Sunshine Week is a national initiative to open a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include print, broadcast and online news media, civic groups, libraries, non-profits, schools and others interested in the public's right to know.

As I heard about this today, and heard stories about, for instance, a foster parent who unsealed the records kept about his (or her, I'm not sure) status as a foster parent, I thought about myself and my fellow Adoptees.

The government has our information. The government keeps our information from us, sealing it away so that we cannot touch it. We are not allowed to know where we come from. We are not allowed to know who we are. We are not allowed to know the story of our origins.

The government has this information. The government could give us this information. But no FOIA request seems likely to pry this information from the government.

If you want to help Adoptees get their records, please support the Adoptee Rights Demonstration (the badge and link is at the top of the sidebar). Attend the protest. Write letters to your state legislators. Do something.

I'm all for freedom of information. And Adoptees deserve their information, too.

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