"Why not have a state appointed contact center that makes initial contact with the birth mother to see if she wants to be found?"
Those methods simply didn't work for us. We had to hire and fire a few attorneys (confidential intermediary is the term for them in Michigan.) I don't know if it is simply a matter of motivation, but they just didn't come through. I had to keep pestering and pestering the last attorney who was ultimately only able to contact my husband's mother by breaking the rules and revealin information to someon when she wasn't supposed to.
As for the disastrous consequences that those opposed to open records seem to always fall back on... I simply don't buy it. This isn't 1946 anymore. I just don't believe that would be an issue, except in very rare cases. Whereas the fundamental of who you are and how you got here and what your ancestry and medical history are is a very troubling fundamental mystery for every adopted person I have ever known.
I think that it is ridiculous alarmis propaganda to say that abortion rates would drastically increase. They used o say te same thing about abortions when they weren't legal in all states, and that simply didn't turn out to be true AT ALL -- no abortion capital appeared!! In fact, abortion rates have been steadily declining -- despite the fact that states are slowly starting to open adoption records. the facts don't fit your propaganda.