Privacy through Mutual Consent Registries Encourages Adoption
As usual, your reporter did a fine job of covering the controversy over a national computerized adoption registry system and state-level registry systems ("Adoptees seek national search registry," Culture, et cetera, Aug. 19). But, in addition, a few important facts should be shared.
The story and the accompanying chart do not tell readers that in every state but North Carolina and New Jersey a reunion system already exists. And North Carolina and New Jersey currently have bills under consideration to establish registries. The only real problem with state registries can be fixed with Sec. 6-106 (4) of the Uniform Adoption Act, which allows states to exchange data - something lawyer Robert Robinson, who is quoted in your story, testified about to a House subcommittee.
Also, no mutual-consent registry is going to meet the definition of "working" for adopted adults or birth parents if the other party chooses not to register because he or she wants privacy. So, the answer to whether or not the system is working depends on whom you ask. The important thing here is that the system is one of "mutual consent."
In fact, Rep. James L. Oberstar and others have data showing that adoptions of newborn, nonmarital children plummeted in those countries that removed the option of privacy for women. …