About ARC


The Adoptee Rights Coalition (ARC) is an adoptee-led 501(c)(4) all-volunteer grassroots organization originally formed in 2005. Our passionate supporters include adult adoptees, families by birth and adoption, and others who share our mission.

Though the ARC is a separate entity from the Adoptee Rights Campaign, we support their advocacy efforts on behalf of some 35,000 international adoptees whose citizenship status is at risk.


We educate and inform legislators, the adoption community and the public about issues of vital interest to adult adoptees including:

  • Policies and practices rooted in truth and transparency rather than shame and secrecy.

  • The importance of approaching relinquishment and adoption as a lifelong process rather than a one-time event. 

  • The basic human right to know one's origins and lineal heritage through direct unfettered access to one's original birth certificate and certain other records pertaining to the adoption.  

The core focus of the Adoptee Rights Coalition is sponsorship of a booth each year at the National Conference of State Legislatures. The organization is funded entirely through donations from people like you.   

No greater atrocity has been committed against adoptees than to sever them from their ancestral information and connections.   - Colorado State Representative Jonathan Singer

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Vice President

Becky is an Ohio-born adoptee. She was an active supporter of legislative efforts in her home state and has meaningful connections with her adoptive and birth families.



Gaye Sherman Tannenbaum is a New York-born reunited adoptee, and a retired CPA. She is an experienced search angel, using DNA testing and genealogy research to deliver the truth to adoptees throughout the US. A frequent traveler, she's quite happy to advocate for restored OBC access from wherever in the world she may find herself.   

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Jackie is a Minnesota-born adoptee who is active in legislative reform efforts in her home state. 

ARC Officers 

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Adoptee Rights Coalition

The ARC is a 501(c)(4) organization dedicated to changing unjust laws and archaic policies and practices rooted in stigma, shame and secrecy by restoring unfettered access to original birth certificates and adoption records for adult adoptees.  

Email: info@adopteerightscoalition.com

Mail: P.O. Box 292961

         Kettering, OH 45429

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