A group has filed a report with the state of TN asking for adoption records to be opened. While I think that the records for current adoptions will have to be handled on a case by case basis instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, I am certain that after a certain period of time has passed, the secrecy is no longer needed. I’ve said before that my father was adopted. I’ve whined about the brick walls that have kept us from learning everything the state has in their files. I am well aware of the fact that anything in those files could be a lie. A new book about the Tennessee Children’s Home Society describes in painful detail how horribly things can go wrong when records are allowed to be treated like skeletons in the closet that should never be found. The reality is that both of my father’s adoptive parents are gone and his birth parents probably are too. My father should be able to sign a paper and read the records. Maybe I’ll never know if he was named Thomas Fitzpatrick at birth. Maybe someday I’ll know more about his past than lies.