News Video: Adoptees Use Facebook to Find Birth Parents

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Denalee Chapman July 26, 2015
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13 WTHR Indianapolis

Beth Passmore is just one of hundreds of adoptees who is searching for her birth family through social media sites. With little information and closed birth records in Indiana, social media is turning out to be a hopeful source of searching.

There are 52 years of closed birth records in Indiana – that equates to 350,000 adoptees who are stuck without information. But legislators who are fighting to keep birth records closed say that it is important to protect birth mothers who placed their children in closed adoptions. Those who are fighting to change Indiana’s laws say that there is minimal chance of causing harm when surprising a birth mother. More discussion on Indiana’s law is scheduled to take place late this summer.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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