This birth certificate may look unimportant, but the State of Indiana hid it from me for 36 years. To this day, I am not supposed to know who I am or where I came from. To receive this, I was required to send a copy of my birth mother’s death certificate to the Indiana State Department of Health. It is ironic that I first had to prove that my birthmother was dead before I could have a document stating I was born. I have never met or heard the voice of my birthmother.
I was adopted in Indiana where records are still sealed. After 20 years of searching and begging, I am proud to share my past with the world-
My name: infant
My mother: Betty Gertrude Stewart
My father: unknown
Child Status: illegitimate
For those of you who are not adopted, be thankful you know your biological roots. That is precious to many adoptees.
My advice to adult adoptees who are searching for their birth origins-
Never give up.
Never take NO for an answer.
Never be afraid of the truths you may find.