The proposed law allows a biological parent three options — all of which include an updated medical and social history for any adult child seeking out his or her original birth certificate and information.
Birth mothers can opt to be contacted, to be contacted only through an intermediary or “not to be contacted at this time,” according to the measure.
Lewis said his adoptive parents have expressed nothing but happiness.
“Actually, we have discussed my feeling incomplete and they’re happy for me and they wish I could have had that earlier, but that’s not to discredit them because they did the very best they could,” he said.
Lewis has talked to other adopted kids and said his feelings are not unusual or unique.
“I do think that the dependent variable in this is people,” he said. “You don’t know how people are going to react.”
Some adopted children may not want to know more information.
Lewis said San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is adopted and has said publicly that he feels searching out his biological parents would be committing treason against his parents.
“So there’s an example that contrasts with me,” Lewis said.
But all adopted children could benefit from the medical knowledge, if nothing else.
“If the state should assume the replacement for a child for whatever reason, I think they should be legally bound to provide that information to every child once they reach adulthood,” he said. “There is no reason why anyone shouldn’t be able to obtain their birth certificate. I think it’s another example of an archaic law that needs to be revisited as society has changed.”
Lewis said for those adopted children who feel as he did, age is not relevant — whether they are 14 or 44, they are children on the inside and they need to know.