Many of us may take for granted that we know who our parents are, but that’s not the case for some who are adopted.
Hundreds of thousands want to know, but laws are stopping them.
Suzanne Bachner has quite a story to tell. She was adopted, and for most of her life she didn’t really want to know who her parents were.
However, as she got older, “I found I did need to know. I was missing all of the pieces that make up a person's identity."
She hit many roadblocks. In New York, where she lives, the state would not release her birth certificate, which is not uncommon.
Many states, including Connecticut, prevent adoptees from knowing.
Karen Caffrey, from Access CT Now, pushed for legislation that gives adoptees some rights, but only those born after 1983, because those parents signed documents that said a child could someday, if they want to know, know.
"We are adults --- in our 40's and 50's... we are older and so are our biological parents. Time is running out,” Caffrey said.
For adoptees, some want to be reconnected with their birth parents, and others want to know their medical history.
Bachner began a long journey to find her parents, and finally did. Although her father passed away, she did find her mother.
Now, she turned her story into a play, in an effort to bring more awareness.
The play is called The Good Adoptee, and it is playing in nine Connecticut communities, from October through December, and all proceeds will go to Access CT Now.
"It’s made me feel more whole, more complete, more grounded,” Bacnher said.
This legislative session, Access CT Now will try to get birth records for all adoptees, not just those born after 1983.
You can catch The Good Adoptee on the following dates: Saturday, Oct. 22, 8 pm, United Methodist Church, 15 Church St., Hamden Friday, Nov. 4, United Methodist Church, 305 Main St., Watertown Friday, Nov. 11, 8 pm, First Congregational Church, 103 Main St., Ridgefield Saturday, Nov. 12, 2 pm, Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Ave., Hartford Friday, Nov. 18, 8 pm, First Church of Christ, 250 Temple St., New Haven Saturday, Nov. 19, 2 pm, UConn Stamford, 1 University Place, Stamford Friday, Dec. 2, 8 pm, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 383 Hazard Ave., Enfield Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 pm, Questers Way, 95 Storrs Road, Mansfield Friday, Dec. 9, King Street United Church of Christ, 201 S. King St., DanburyFor more info, click here.
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