The New York Adoptee Rights Coalition is a New York-based advocacy group working to restore the right of adult adoptees to obtain their original birth certificates without condition or restriction.
Annette O’Connell and Barbara Fuller are New York adoptees and adoptee rights activists. They provide day-to-day leadership and are generally the spokespersons for the coalition. Tim Monti-Wohlpart, a New York adoptee, is the national legislative chair of the American Adoption Congress as well as the AAC’s New York state representative.
Coalition partners are organizations that have committed to clean OBC access legislation in New York and are considered the primary organizational advocates in working toward that goal. The coalition has four primary partners:
The Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York was founded in 1975 as the New York State Citizens Coalition. The Coalition provides support, information and advocacy for foster, kinship and adoptive families in the Empire State and the professionals who serve them.
As part of its larger mission, the American Adoption Congress advocates for legislation on state and federal levels that will grant all individuals access to information on his or her family or heritage.
Bastard Nation campaigns for the restoration of all adult adoptees’ right to access their records, specifically for unconditional access to their own original birth certificates, unaltered and in full.
The Adoptee Rights Law Center advocates exclusively for adult adoptees who seek to obtain their own original birth certificates and other identifying information.
Organizations interested in how they could join our efforts in New York as a partner should inquire with [email protected]
Strategic partners are organizations or individuals who have offered to assist our efforts in securing equal rights for adoptees, whether by providing specific expertise or direction, informing their own constituents of our efforts, or working with us to speak to legislators and the public about coalition issues.
Reclaim the Records
Reclaim The Records is a national award-winning non-profit activist group of genealogists, historians, researchers, and open government advocates. It works to identify and obtain important genealogical record sets that are not online anywhere and not broadly available to the public. Reclaim the Records is fully committed to the coalition’s objective of securing equality for adult adoptees in obtaining their own original birth certificates.
Join us and get up to speed on our latest efforts and pitch in where we need you. Coalition supporters are organizations and individuals who are committed to clean OBC access legislation and have agreed to support the coalition in its efforts, either by endorsing NYARC’s objective or by contributing logistically to our efforts.