Monday, February 18, 2008

Annoyingly Effective


Well, this "Dear Adoptee" letter certainly brightened up my Friday. There's no "non-ID" file in Austin with my name on it; I've already signed up for the registry she mentions; and there is no agency from which I can obtain anything. Moreover, I finally got an answer to my petition to unseal my adoption file--"no," by non-ruling. If I feel a need to refile, I'll load the petition up with documentation to create a nice record on appeal. I found this most recent letter sufficiently off-putting that I began thinking of this as more of a long-term campaign with lots of zigs, zags, and inching forward than as a quick march to victory. I sat down and wrote a list of questions and identified some resources that might lead me in the right direction. We'll see what happens.

4 comments:

Casdok said...

Very annoying, good luck!

Miranda said...

Randy, trying to track down my older son's paternal genetic material contributor has been similarly frustrating. I hope you can find the answers you seek.

Randy said...

I came up with an interesting Texas AG opinion from the 1970s, and there may be some information that the state district court--as opposed to the vital statistics unit--is legally required to give me, albeit without a name attached to it. Of course, neither the state court nor the vital statistics people mentioned anything about that.

Damn, I'm a lawyer and I'm having a hard time figuring out under which rock I need to look. We're at least supposed to be able to figure out that much.

sideon said...

$30.00 to file? Dude - it was $50.00 in Arizona to petition the State Supreme Court through a 3rd party intermediary.

Get in the registry queue. I filed right around Thanksgiving '95 and the agency opened my case the end of January '96 - I made "first contact" in February '96.

Best of luck, sir Randy.