Saturday, May 26, 2007

My Own Private Gene Pool?

The other day, I read Gentle Reader Sideon's post about attending his birth mother's family reunion. Like him, I am an adoptee. Recently, I've also read some articles about how accurate genetic testing has become wrt health conditions that run in families. Additionally, many geneticists believe that autism has a genetic link, and it might be helpful to have as much genetic information as I could get wrt my own kids. We've volunteered for a genetic history study, and it would be nice to give up as much information as we can. Anyhow, I was motivated to get on Westlaw and see what information I might be able to obtain about my own birth parents.

Texas, like most states, currently requires a court order for an adoptee to gain access to his or her entire file, but state law allows adoptees to obtain a genetic and health history of birth parents, to the extent such a history has been reported. I may request that information, though I doubt much will be there. The Legislature is considering a bill that would allow the disclosure of birth parents' actual identities, but, as it stands now, that bill won't apply to me. I don't really care about the identity of my birth parents for its own sake, but I would be interested in any genetic information I could get. In the end, I may need to petition for a court order and hope to obtain the entire file, then go from there.

2 comments:

Sideon said...

I wish you well on your search, Randy.

Jippy said...

The mystery of autism.... any clue would be nice but sometimes it give only more questions...then again that's not always bad to ask better questions.. My brother had autism and now my son. We go to a great genetics clinic and he considers the autism part of a mitochondrial disorder.....Maternal mitochondrial disorder...basically the moms pass it down and synptoms show up mostly in boys.... I don't know it's a circle isn't it... I am Jennifer from Califonia blogging ..you left me a comment but on blogger my mom blog shows up.....