As board members of Adoptees United, we are asking for your support to demand that the California Association of Licensed Investigators (CALI) rescind its support for California AB1302, a discriminatory bill in the California Assembly. As of April 21, 2023, CALI remains the only known organization that has registered support for the bill. On the other hand, more than 23 adoptee-led organizations and allies–plus hundreds if not thousands of individuals—are publicly opposed to it.
Text of the Letter
California Association of Licensed Investigators
Jay Rosenzweig, Chair
26895 Aliso Creek Rd #B-485
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Dear Mr. Rosenzweig:
The following organizations and individuals, representing hundreds of thousands of adult adopted people in California and across the country, request that the California Association of Licensed Investigators publicly rescind its support for California Assembly Bill 1302. The bill is adopteephobic, discriminatory, and bigoted. It has no current support from any adoptee rights, adoption reform, or child welfare organization in the country.
Private investigators and their entities have profited for years from laws that seal the birth records after an adoption, making those records unavailable even to the adopted person as an adult. This often leaves adoptees with limited options to secure the knowledge and basic documents to which they are entitled and that secure their own identity and heritage. While DNA testing remains an option in lieu of unrestricted birth record rights, genuine legislative action that restores a right to one’s own birth record would make it unnecessary in almost all cases to hire private investigators to locate biological relatives. Given no other genuine connection to this specific issue, it makes no sense for profit-oriented private investigation businesses—many of whom are members of CALI—to support this bill, other than to see continued restrictions created in the bill as a means to profit from the discriminatory treatment of adoptees.
AB1302 is NOT a step forward. It is a backwards-looking bill that does not represent the interests of adult adopted people in California and across the country.
We demand that your association rescind its support for AB1302. Please let us know your answer to this demand by _________, 2023.