The bumper sticker on the truck outside of Karen Joiner's Richardson home sums up what she wants. "Adoptees deserve their original birth certificates," it reads. Yet for Joiner, a 40-year-old Missouri native, and thousands of other adoptees nationwide, gaining access to their records is no simple task. Petitioning the courts, being dependent on a judge's ruling--Joiner knows the arduous routine. She has been there herself, having spent years trying to get her original birth certificate to unravel clues to some of her health problems, a gall bladder disease among them. She has yet to see that... More >>>
Adoptee Karen Joiner, state representative for the American Adoption Congress and a TxCare member, has yet to see her original birth certificate.