AdopteeMe, thanks so much for posting this!
This issue is not so much about reunion, it's about being treated the same as every other American. There are adoptees in open access states who never want to search, just like there are adoptees in sealed records states who have successful searches.
I know my identity, but I want all states to treat their citizens equally. If one person can go to Vital Records, pay $$10 or 12 and get their birth certificate, then all people should be able to do that. Adoptees shouldn't be the only Americans forced to petition courts, submit to insulting court-mandated counseling sessions, or give any reason or justification why they should want to have their own Certificate of Live birth.
It's my birth certificate. I should be able to have a copy of it if I ask. Just like anyone else.
at 9:02 PM on Jan. 15, 2009