When I started this blog, I was unsure of the direction it would take or if anyone would even read it. My only intention was to write from a place of bravery and healing. As I continued to write and share, I quickly became immersed in the world of adoption; reading articles, watching stories, asking questions, sorting through my own story. My eyes were opened to the complexities of adoption practices and laws and I began to feel a push to do more. I started to write with more purpose; to raise awareness about the truth of adoption with a goal of seeing a change within the system.
An issue that quickly arose to the surface was the lack of adoptees’ access to records and information. I’ve written about this before in it’s a lie and one hundred, explaining how in each state there are laws that prevent an adoptee from accessing documents such as their original birth certificate, family history or adoption proceedings. Some states have begun to fully eradicate these laws, but throughout the majority of the United States, there is still is very restricted access to this information.
As a result, many turn to DNA testing to try and find answers. This testing has become easily accessible and results readily obtainable. The technology has provided a breakthrough for many adoptees; endless stories of people who have been able to reconnect with their birth parents and family members through DNA testing.
I can’t help but wonder, though, why this service isn’t provided free of charge or offered at a lower price for adoptees. For many, DNA testing is a final attempt; a last-ditch effort to find someone they are related to, a hope of finding an answer. If big companies such as AncestryDNA® and 23andMe were to give low or no cost testing to adoptees, they would potentially provide answers for thousands of people who have been searching for their families for many many years.
Think of the impact the could have for thousands of seeking adoptees.
I don’t know if this post will get any traction, it may just be yet another thing that gets lost in the world of the internet, but nonetheless I wanted to take my shot. DNA testing companies have the capacity to help so many people put missing pieces of their lives together, it’s the basis of what the companies do. So, AncestryDNA® and 23andMe, what if you took it a step further? What if you provided free or discounted testing to adoptees? What if you helped them access information that they have been denied by a state’s outdated laws? What if you helped an adoptee find their mother, brother, daughter, father? What if you took the chance?