Only an adoptee knows how it feels to be adopted. We can empathize and understand their feelings, but we can't say we have endured the same exact emotional experiences it has brought them. Yes, you too may have struggled with your own identity and self-esteem issues or felt abandoned…
Feelings of abandonment and grief are often felt from adoptees. Many can’t help but feel rejection from their birth family. No two people adopted into separate households will have the same experiences. However, those who are products of closed adoptions may face similar challenges when in pursuit of locating their birth families.
In the past year genetic genealogy has gained momentum as a tactic to solve violent crimes and identify human remains. Most of the cases solved had been cold for years, when all other investigative efforts had proven inadequate. In genetic genealogy the potential exists to close previously unsolvable cases where biological evidence is available; whether that be to exonerate the innocent or identify the perpetrators.
Law enforcement, victims of violent crimes, families of murder victims and the community as a whole has just suffered a devastating set back as the public genealogy DNA database GEDMatch has become unavailable for use by law enforcement. Whether or not this is a temporary setback or something more permanent depends on everyone who has already uploaded a DNA profile to the public database and how future uploads are handled.
There has been much discussion lately about law enforcement using public DNA databases that consumers use for genealogy. In the past, law enforcement was limited to their own databases of DNA profiles. Since law enforcement already has their own databases that contain DNA profiles what is the big deal? What purpose do genealogy databases serve for law enforcement if they already have their own databases?