Recent events have come to light that show adoptees are treated by some businesses and the bureaucracy as second class citizens. it reminds me of my time in Malaysia where the average Malaysian citizen mixed well in a multicultural way but the system issued different coloured Identity cards for different races and treated Bumiputra's different from Chinese, Indian and Anglo citizens. Bumiputra's could purchase houses cheaper, entire tertiary institutions based on a quota system not ability system and had preference over non Bumiputra's when applying for government contracts.
This positive discrimination is the opposite to what we as adoptees currently have in our great country. Adoptees are sometimes unable to obtain all their birth details, unlike other citizens. adoptees are in some cases unable to know their true family heritage, unlike non adoptees, adoptees whose identity was changed by a government regulation are now sometimes hindered by government in their normal daily life , like obtaining a passport, proving identity for some businesses , their ability to show they have no criminal record when required. This situation is ludicrous and if not so debilitating to the psyche of my fellow adoptees would look like something from Hey Minister.
One common thread amongst many adoptees is the subliminal feeling that we were not good enough, that life is a continual struggle to prove that you are as good as every other citizen./ And for late discovery adoptees like myself that " We can't handle the truth" .
Now to have our governments confirm this status is so very debilitating. Government changed who we were and now they demand we prove who we are and to rub salt into the wound they want payment to enable this identification process to go ahead. What about illegal adoptions, what about false original birth certificates, what birth records that have been made up in a less than professional manner.
Isn't it time for all the governments of this country to start treating the 300,000 plus adoptees as valued members of our community and stop the shenanigans in relation to our identity. You gave us our identity now start dealing with it without damaging adoptees any more than they have already been damaged.