Born in New Jersey in 1977, my son's closed adoption was arraigned by an agency in New York ("Adoptees' rights," April 25).

I was never promised lifelong confidentiality. When I attempted to pass critical medical information to him via the New York State registry, I learned I could not because New York law did not allow the agency to disclose the state where had been adopted.

When my did son contact the agency, he was told I was dead.

My experience with the incompetencies of these systems has led me to recommend that all state-supported legal barriers separating adopted persons from their original family be removed.

Gov. Christie needs to show the nation that the Republican Party is not just an anachronism, but has the ability to show compassion and allow this long overdue, but inevitable, change to occur.

Elizabeth Gardner, Fort Worth, Texas, lizbgardner@sbcglobal.net