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Foremost and above all, the fundamental principle that needs to remain on the horizon is that this initiative is for the adoptee, and only the adoptee, no one else and for no other reason(s).  The moment this principle wavers the merits are diluted and the initiative is compromised and becomes an errant mission.  This mission is about freeing the socially oppressed by way of liberating Original Birth Certificates (OBC), and equally important it is about the growth of the participating adoptees advocating for this goal.  I firmly state, involvement in this initiative for adoptees will bring relentless opportunities for empowerment and personal growth.

One of the most critical challenges for adoptees to hurdle in order to be fully invested in this initiative is being truthful with oneself.  Truth comes in the form of admitting that he/she wants to know their personal history and admitting their desire to discover their complete identity.  Another aspect an adoptee should consider prior to becoming a legislative champion is facing fears of being honest with the people who we are most comfortable.  If an advocate doesn’t have the confidence to stand in the public lime light without the burden of what their family/friends think it’s going to be incredibly challenging to lobby on behalf of OBC legislation without the possibility of drawing media attention. If an advocate refrains from a media opportunity then the advocate is denying a major tool for education and awareness and thus the advocate is compromising the initiative.

Once the above monumental dynamics are overcome for the individual adoptee personal growth will now have the opportunity to flourish.  An instrumental dynamic to personal growth is discovering then developing one’s own voice.  As adoptees, we can all appreciate and respect how important this development can be and is; not to mention how delicate and sensitive this period of time is for an adoptee.

For those who lead the legislative packs around the country, as you need the depth of adoptee support, the above has to be understood this is what comes with the territory.  It should be additionally understood that for many adoptees this will no doubt be about facing personal fears straight on and triumphing over those fears, and with that, empowerment and growth.  One aspect that warrants caution is, as adoptees experience growth during this period the other side to personal growth is risk.  Adoptees risk exposing vulnerabilities as he/she triumphs over fear and pain as they venture into new and uncharted territory.

In the end, this element may very well not be the power the engine needs to drive the car or the gas to fuel the engine, but make no mistake about it, it is very much the keys that can make the difference between success or failure.


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