She Asked Her Mom for Her Original Birth Certificate When She Left Their Cult, but Her Mom’s Inability to Provide One Left Her Questioning Her Past

A woman recently went online to ask if she was wrong to be so frustrated with her mother after a protracted battle to obtain basic documents left her wondering if she’d been illegally adopted. Here’s her story.

She was angry

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“I’ll try to keep this as short as I can,” the woman promised. “I’m 29 years old, and I’m about to launch World War Three on my mother.”

She’d had a tough upbringing

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“I was adopted at age seven and went through lots of trauma growing up—my birth mother was a severe alcoholic. I was brought to the United States and adopted into a cult. My family raised me by their beliefs and how they thought best.”

She’d handled it

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The woman explained that, despite growing up in a cult with some strange ideas and discipline methods, her childhood hadn’t been too bad.

,But all that changed when she left the cult.

She needed her papers

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When the woman had reached 18, she’d wanted to start her own life away from the cult. She’d asked her mom for all the necessary documents—birth certificate, adoption papers, etc.—that she’d need for her independent adult life.

Her mom helped out

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Her mom complied and gave her everything, but the woman noticed that her birth certificate was only a photocopy. She didn’t think it mattered until she went to switch states on her driver’s license years later and was told she’d need an original copy.

Her mom wasn’t being straight

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The woman went back to her mom and requested the original, but her mom insisted that the one she’d given her was the original, even though it was clearly a photocopy.

She hit a wall

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Fast forward three years, and the woman still couldn’t get hold of documents. She was even beginning to question the legality of her adoption.

Lawyers got involved

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The woman was born in a different country, and getting copies of the documents from there had proven too difficult for her mother, who’d hired a lawyer.

But every time the woman tried to get an update from the lawyer, she was told to be patient because “COVID backed everything up.” She says she appreciates that, but the world didn’t just stop working for three years.

It got complicated

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The woman was also in a very complex situation over her legal status. The lack of original documents and the trouble it was taking to get hold of them meant that she couldn’t get a US passport or certificate of citizenship. She felt she was being held back from so much that she wanted to do in life.

She asked the internet

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At her wit’s end, the woman felt like losing it at her mother for not giving her any straight answers about whether her adoption was legit and causing such a complicated mess. She couldn’t afford to get her own lawyer to sort it out, either. She asked the internet for their thoughts.

The internet responded

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“I think there’s a good story there,” said one. “Go to your local news station and ask them if they can help you find out who you are. There’s a good possibility a lawyer would take your case pro bono (or very cheaply).”

“I don’t think you’re overreacting,” said another. “COVID did back things up, but you should still be getting answers to what are straightforward questions.”

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