Feb. 29, 2008
Paula Benoit lives a full life, balancing motherhood with a career as a state senator in Maine. Yet ever since she can remember, there was something gnawing inside her, something she wanted to know.
"I really had always wondered about my identity, who I looked like, my medical history," Benoit said.
Benoit was adopted as an infant. At age 52, she decided it was finally time to find out the identity of her natural parents. She went to court to obtain her birth certificate.
Her request was denied. In Maine, as in most states, adoption records are sealed.