SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Maura Duffy spent a day in Chicago last September with her mother: A walk along Lake Michigan, shared meals, a boat tour highlighting Second City architecture.
But this was no typical mother-daughter outing. It was the first time the two women had ever met.
Since a handful of states, including Illinois, have unsealed birth certificates, thousands of adoptees have claimed them and learned about their beginnings. The 35-year-old Duffy, adopted at birth, is among 8,800 Illinois residents since 2010 to do so.
Over the years many things have been told to birth mothers about their privacy regarding an adoption. I think most people understand the reasons why records were sealed for so long whether you agreed with the reasons or not. It's exciting to hear of so many people requesting the newly opened information. There will be a lot of questions answered, along with bittersweet revelations into the back story of adoptions for years.