Adoptee Rights Law Center launched this DNA donation program in November 2017 to collect funds to purchase DNA kits. Kits are then donated to adult adoptees who cannot afford them. Adoptees United Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, took over the program in August 2019. Donations to this project are now fully tax-deductible under federal law.
Priorities for Donated Kits (Read Carefully)
The following is the list of priorities for donating DNA test kits to adoptees whose adoptions were finalized in the United States, whether born domestically or internationally. While the priorities are generally listed in order of importance, priorities will be considered as a whole when making a decision to donate a DNA test kit. There may be exceptions, so please feel free to inquire about your circumstances and whether you could benefit from a donated DNA test kit. Please keep in mind that priorities may change at times due to input from the people most affected as well as changes in state laws and in other priorities. Please note that there is currently a substantial waiting list for donated kits, due to demand. You may have to wait several months before one becomes available.
- You. You are the adoptee or the descendant of an adopted person.
- Unaffordability. You cannot generally afford the cost of a DNA test kit, given your income and circumstances. Please note that we will not verify income. We trust that you are honest with us in your request for assistance. That’s how we roll, and we hope you roll that way too.
- Date of Birth: You must be an adoptee who is at least 18 years of age. For US-born adoptees, strong preference will be those who were born or adopted prior to 1980, with a further primary emphasis on adoptees born or adopted prior to 1970. A wider range of birth dates for intercountry adoptees, however, will apply.
- Birth Place. Generally you must be born in:
- A restricted OBC rights state in the United States. This means that you were born in a state that does not allow an adult obtee to obtain an original birth certificate except by court order. A map of the 18 states that Adoptee Rights Law Center categorizes as restricted is here.
- A compromised OBC rights state in the United States and you have applied for your original birth certificate and were either denied a copy of the OBC or were provided an OBC but birthparent identities were redacted, deleted, or in some way altered or removed. A map of the 23 compromised OBC states is here. States that are currently implementing new laws may prevent us from donating DNA kits at this time due to how those laws will likely impact the ability to request and obtain an original birth certificate.
- Another country and adopted in the United States.
- Critical or Terminal Illness. An adoptee who presently has a diagnosed critical or terminal illness, particularly one with a genetic component.
- Descendant. Are seeking an OBC for a deceased adopted ancestor who 1) if he/she were still alive, would meet one or more of the priorities listed above or 2) the law in the adoptee’s state of birth prohibits you from obtaining the adoptee’s original birth certificate.
- Lack an OBC. Do not already have a copy of an unredacted original birth certificate, either for you or for an adopted ancestor.
- Missing Information. While you may have obtained a copy of an OBC, a parent’s name or other identifying information was not included on the original document or registration, such as a birthfather’s name.
Information on available funds and how they are being used is here.
Our Awesome Contributors
Adoptee Support Advocates
Gladney Adoptees for Rights and Equality (GLARE)
Plus an additional twenty-three donors who did not wish to be named. You all rock!
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