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Sealed and Secret: Adoption Records and the ``Right to Know``
Last Featured: 2/4/2000

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Balancing the rights of all parties to an adoption: adopted children, birth parents and adoptive parents is no easy task. Should a state allow adopted children who turn age 21 to obtain records, which disclose the identity of their birth parents? Do laws that allow for open adoptions violate the birth parents’ rights of privacy?

Naomi Cahn teaches family law, contracts, and trusts and estates at George Washington University Law School, and writes in the areas of family law, feminist jurisprudence, and legal ethics. She is currently co-editing an anthology of adoption articles to be published by NYU Press. Prior to joining the GW faculty six years ago, Professor Cahn taught for five years in a domestic violence clinic at Georgetown University Law Center. She also was a staff attorney at Philadelphia’s Community Legal Services, where she represented parents accused of abuse and neglect. Professor Cahn received her A.B. from Princeton University in 1979, her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1983, and her LL.M. (Advocacy) from Georgetown University Law Center in 1989.

William Pierce is one of the nation’s leading experts on adoption policy. Mr. Pierce is currently the President and CEO of the National Council for Adoption, the Executive Director of the Adoption Defense Fund and the Executive Director of the International Association of Voluntary Adoption Agencies and NGOs. Prior to joining the National Council for Adoption, Mr. Pierce served as Assistant Executive Director of the Child Welfare League of America. Mr. Pierce has a Ph.D. in Social Services and Social Policy from the Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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