Son, you’re adopted. If you’re hearing these words for the first time, your legal guardian should have access to your birth records and the sea of paperwork they likely had to complete during your adoption. These are state-issued documents that not only declare the parental rights of the birth parents and void, they verify that the proper government agencies approved of your guardians. If you suspect abuse, please contact your local authorities. Adoption is not granted on an at-will basis.