Proposed Bill to Provide More Information for Adoptees

March 10th, 2007

This bill has been proposed in Illinois to help provide more medical information for adoptees. But the bill touches on one of the sorest spots in the national adoption debate. At issue is how much information should be provided to adult adoptees about their parents. A 29-year-old Port Byron woman after suffering two miscarriages, now has a healthy son. She wondered about her family medical history with each miscarrage. Yet, she knows nothing of any family medical history that her son might benefit from knowing. She is adopted. The proposed legislation will require full disclosure of family medical problems at the time of adoption. Sounds like a step in the right direction, right? Is this really the answer to providing medical information to adoptees? Think… [more]