November 14, 2011


With Jean Strauss at our informational table
in the Thompson Center.


Documentarian Jean Strauss sizes up the
lighting in the Thompson Center...


Going over the new OBC Request Forms with
Rep. Feigenholtz's Chief of Staff, Stephen Landfear.


Later that day...

Party time! All the ingredients you need for an OBC under
the new law: a completed OBC Request Form, a copy of
your driver's license or state-issued ID, and a check for
$15 made out to the Illinois Dept. of Public Health.

White Oak's Executive Director, Melisha Mitchell,
and the President of the White Oak Board, Brook Horwitz

State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, the sponsor of the 
OBC-access bill, and former State Rep, Julie Hamos,
one of many Illinois legislators whose unwavering
support helped this historic legislation become law.

Longtime adoption reform advocate David Vopatek
fields questions from local reporters while Jean Strauss,
as always, keeps the cameras rolling.

Former State Rep. Judy Erwin, an early supporter of
adoption reform efforts in Illinois, and State Rep. Sara
Feigenholtz share a nostalgic moment.

Two of the dozens of adoptees who joined us at Leona's
in Lakeview to complete Request Forms and celebrate the 
enactment of the new law...

Adoptee Bryan Darden discusses the new law with
State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz.

White Oak's Secretary, Kathy Purcell.

Melinda Dunker, who's served as White Oak's Treasurer since 2000.

Krista McCoy, Illinois state rep for the American Adoption Congress


November 15, 2011

We made it!!  Illinois' historic OBC-access law has finally become law in the Land of Lincoln...and, after 66 years, the mandatory sealing of adoptees' original birth certificates has  finally come to an end.

With the exception of the Springfield photo (taken by Jean Strauss) all photos by David Ormsby.