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“My folks are just really good people all the way around. The most giving people you’ll ever run into in your life,” said Rocky Sander, shown with his parents and sisters in this family photo.

What’s in a name? A lot. Adoptees given rights to original birth certificates

When a law allowing adoptees to access their original birth certificates went into effect in Colorado on Jan. 1, thousands of people gained the right to see the first document ever recorded about them, just like everyone else born in the state.
It might not seem like a big deal to people who aren’t adopted, but Colorado is now regarded as a pioneer of adoptee rights and this law was fairly controversial, evoking arguments that it would ruin people’s lives and open Pandora’s box with broken promises of keeping secrets. But for adoptees, obtaining a birth certificate bearing the names of their biological parents can be monumental.
“Your birth certificate is kind of the Holy Grail,” said Rich Uhrlaub, the coordinator for Adoptees in Search, a Denver-based nonprofit group. “There’s something I would say is almost sacred about connecting with your origins that people take for granted.”





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