A Family Court judge ruled Sunday that adult adoptees cannot be given information about their biological parents without the biological parents' consent - but called for the current regulations to be reviewed.
"It is time to reevaluate the internal instructions issued by the Child's Service Bureau about revealing details of biological parents ... which will suit the times and acknowledge the fact that the right of an adoptee to know his origins is ... an existential right," Ramat Gan Family Court Judge Esther Zitnitski Rakover wrote in her ruling in the case of R., 40, who was adopted as a baby and whose adoptive parents have since died.
Zitnitski Rakover said that even though she believes that the right of an adoptee to know his roots should take precedence over the biological parents' privacy, the regulations of the Child's Service Bureau, which handles adoptions, do not agree.
As a result, R. will not be allowed further contact with his biological mother, or the man said to be his father, though he has always denied paternity.
R. first approached the Child's Service Bureau to open his adoption file 14 years ago, asking to meet his biological mother. The woman was reluctant to meet him, but after a welfare officer persisted, she agreed to meet R. on condition she only reveal her first name.
During that meeting, she told R. that she was married and had two sons, R.'s half-brothers.
Two years ago, R. approached the bureau again, asking to meet with his biological parents. This time the mother refused, saying that her new family never knew about the adoption; moreover, she was ill and could not leave the house, nor did she have the emotional stamina to handle a meeting.
The man said to be R.'s father continues to deny paternity and refused to meet R.
With no other way to get their details, he turned to the family court, asking it to order the Child's Service Bureau to give him the information.
"I think we're all adults here, and my biological brothers have the right to know I exist, the same way I want to acknowledge their existance," R. told the court.
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