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Group Worries For Adoptees From Lejeune Area

The head of a group that advocates for open adoption records in North Carolina says she fears for the health of children adopted from the Jacksonville area from the 1950s through the 1980s, when Camp Lejeune's drinking water was contaminated.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reported Sunday that Roberta MacDonald is concerned because North Carolina's adoption policies say that birth parents are granted full anonymity and that birth and medical records are sealed to adoptees.

MacDonald is chairwoman of the North Carolina Coalition for Adoption Reform, which has worked for years to overturn the state's closed adoption policies.

More than 7,500 former military and family members believe their health problems can be traced to exposure to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune.


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