WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas is pleased to
  recognize Texas Adoptee Rights, a nonprofit organization working
  to educate all citizens of Texas about the unique challenges
  faced by adult adoptees across the state in accessing their own
  information; and
         WHEREAS, Through education and legislative reform, Texas
  Adoptee Rights works tirelessly to restore equal access to
  original birth certificates for Texas' adopted adult
  citizens; and
         WHEREAS, Texas Adoptee Rights is a statewide organization
  with members representing the 254 counties of Texas; in addition,
  the organization serves those adoptees and their families beyond
  Texas' borders whose births and adoptions occurred in Texas; and
         WHEREAS, The members of this dedicated organization
  promote honesty and transparency in adoption practices and
  simultaneously strive to rectify the unintended consequences of
  past practices and to set forth a more efficient, just, and
  humane system for future generations; and
         WHEREAS, Texas Adoptee Rights, as indicated by its
  membership, represents the interests of all three groups that
  form the adoption triad:  birth parents, adult adoptees, and
  adoptive parents; and
         WHEREAS, Through the organization's legislative reform
  efforts, Texas Adoptee Rights strives to eliminate for all Texans
  the hardships they endure due to such issues as passport denials
  and the lack of family health histories; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 85th
  Legislature, hereby commend Texas Adoptee Rights and proclaim
  February 6, 2017, Texas Adoptee Rights Day at the Capitol; and,
  be it further
         RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared in
  honor of Texas Adoptee Rights Day at the Capitol.
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on February 6, 2017.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate