Our Mission

Bastard Nation advocates for the civil and human rights of adult citizens who were adopted as children. Millions of North Americans are prohibited by law from accessing personal records that pertain to their historical, genetic and legal identities. Such records are held by their governments in secret and without accountability, due solely to the fact that they were adopted.
Bastard Nation campaigns for the restoration of their right to access their records. The right to know one’s identity is primarily a political issue directly affected by the practice of sealed records adoptions. Please join us in our efforts to end a hidden legacy of shame, fear and venality.

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Frequently Asked Questions Who runs Bastard Nation? Executive Commitee and Legislative Commitee page Bastard Nation Founding Foundings   What’s with the name? The more than half-century old practice of impounding and sealing an adopted person’s original birth records in perpetuity has had the disastrous effect of breeding deep and long …

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Position Papers

Bastard Nation Position Papers These papers cover related issues more in depth and can be printed out for use in local public education or legislative campaigns. Bastard Nation’s Mission Statement From The Basic Bastard: Part I: Open Records: Why It’s an Issue Part V: Conditional Access Legislation Part VIII: Legalized Anonymous Infant Abandonment / …

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 ACT Ideas for Getting involved You’re a Tax-paying citizen – NOT a Second-class citizen! Educate yourself, your community, and your legislators. The Basic Bastard The basics of Adoptee Rights Activism. Read it to know the issues and the arguments. Influencing Legislation A primer on getting the word out. Read it, …

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Local Laws, Activism and Contacts Learn more about Adoption Rights History and Law Bastard Nation’s Mission Statement The Basic Bastard – a collection of short articles address the main issues and questions regarding Bastard Nation and adoptee rights. Bastard Nation’s Position Papers Bastard Bytes: Printable papers for activists, legislators, and the media …

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The United States According to Bastard Nation

BN Map HawaiiThe BASTARDIZED states of Alabama, Alaska, Hawai’i, Kansas, Oregon, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island are the only U.S. states where adult adoptees have unrestricted access to their own original birth records! Join the fight to stamp out the seal of supreme Bastardy on the rest of the nation!

Bastard Nation is dedicated to the recognition of the full human and civil rights of adult Adoptees. Toward that end, we advocate the opening to Adoptees, upon request at age of majority, of those government documents which pertain to the Adoptee’s historical, genetic, and legal identity, including the unaltered original birth certificate and adoption decree. Bastard Nation asserts that it is the right of people everywhere to have their official original birth records unaltered and free from falsification, and that the adoptive status of any person should not prohibit him or her from choosing to exercise that right. We have reclaimed the badge of bastardy placed on us by those who would attempt to shame us; we see nothing shameful in having been born out of wedlock or in being adopted. Bastard Nation does not support mandated mutual consent registries or intermediary systems in place of unconditional open records, nor any other system that is less than access on demand to the adult Adoptee, without condition, and without qualification.

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Bastard Nation/Open Adoption Records in Quebec Action Alert– Quebec Bill 113- Remove Veto

Bastard Nation/Open Adoption  in Quebec Action  Alert

May 18 2017

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Quebec Adopteees Need Your Help Now!

Calling all Bastards! Please help our partner organization Open Adoption Records in Quebec. It’s a simple cut and paste. Ask that the veto be removed from Bill 113, and then please come back and be counted!

This is the Twitter and e-mail list for the MNA’s, or, members of the Quebec National Assembly.

Takes just a few minutes of your time via copy/paste and does make a difference.

The equal rights perspective in this province has never been presented without bowing to compromise.
Our mission is simple: Open records for all. Not SOME.

The law in most places continues to ignore the very voices of those to whom adoption pertains.
Please do the deed, and come back here to be counted.
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!

Bill 113 (Bill and other documentation)

Email Template—cut and paste

Dear Honorable Assembly Member,

Please remove the veto from Bill 113. It strips adult adoptees of their rights to equal treatment under the law and gives birth parents special rights (anonymity) not granted to any other citizen. Privacy and anonymity are not the same thing. An adult adoptee’s right to the original record of their birth and to be treated by the state in the same manner as the non-adopted are fundamental rights.

Please remove the veto.

Thank you for your time and service.

Your name

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Bastard Nation Testimony: Massachusetts S 1195 and H 1163. DO PASS!

Bastard Nation Submitted Testimony

Submitted by Marley E Greiner, Executive Chair  

S 1195 and H 1163

Joint Committee on Public Health

May 16, 2017

IN SUPPORT

Bastard Nation: the Adoptee Rights Organization is the largest adoptee civil rights organization in the United States. We support only full unrestricted access for all adopted persons, to their original birth certificates (OBC). We do not support any restrictions such as the Affidavit of Non-Disclosure, Disclosure Vetoes (DV), Contact Vetoes (CV), white-outs, or any other form of restricted access to a true copy of the original birth certificate.

We support the passage of S 1195 and H 1163 as written, and urge it be voted out of the Joint Committee on Public Health.

Current Massachusetts law allows adoptees to access their original birth certificates without condition at age 18 if they were adopted on or before July 17, 1974 or on or after January 1, 2008.

Proposed S 1195 and its companion, H 1163, possibly the shortest and easiest to understand adoptee access bill ever, reads as follows:

SECTION 1. Section 2B of chapter 46 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking out, in lines 3 and 4, the words “on or before July 17, 1974 or on or after January 1, 2008”.

SECTION 2. Said section 2B of chapter 46, as so appearing, is hereby further amended by striking out, in line 6, the words “on or after January 1, 2008”.

In other words, the bills remove the” black hole” and give all adult Massachusetts adoptees their OBCs, without restriction,condition, or redaction. 

Eleven years ago Bastard Nation was closely involved in the SB 959 campaign That bill would have restored the right of all Massachusetts-born adopted adults to unrestricted access their own original birth certificates upon request. I personally came to Boston for a few days, walked the halls, and testified on behalf of that bill before the Joint Committee on Children and Families. Talking to legislators and their aides I was assured that it would pass out of the committee as a clean bill. “It’s a no brainer”was a phrase I heard repeatedly. Judging from my discussions and the reaction of committee members during the hearing, I left Boston confident that that bill had a good chance of passing not only out of the committee but by the legislature. Massachusetts would join the list of states that returned its adoptees to equal legal status.
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Bastard Nation/NYSAE Action Alert: New York A5036A–Kill the Bill!

Bastard Nation Action Alert

May 17, 2017

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New York  A5036A

New York Adoptees Need  Your Help Immediately!

Below is the Action Alert issued by New York State Adoptee Equality regarding A 5036A—-a very restrictive  bill–that  passed out of committee on May 16, 2017. NYSAE is not a Bastard Nation partner, but we are in full agreement with its opposition.  We will have more to say about this bill later.

Go to the Bastard Nation Legislative page for more information on the  multi-bill mess currently i  the NY legislature.

!! ACTION ALERT !!

REGRESSIVE BILL A5036A PASSED THROUGH THE HEALTH COMMITTEE AND WAS REPORTED TO THE COMMITTEE ON CODES TODAY, 5/16/17. THIS BILL IS NOT REPRESENTATIVE OF
#AdopteeRights

NYSAE OPPOSES THIS REGRESSIVE AND ARCHAIC LEGISLATION.

PLEASE EMAIL, CALL OR TWEET THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE ON CODES URGING THEM TO VOTE NO ON A5036A. EMAIL ADDRESSES AND TWITTER HANDLES ARE LISTED BELOW. IF YOU ARE A CONSTITUENT OF THEIR DISTRICT BE SURE TO IDENTIFY YOURSELF AS SUCH. IF YOU HAVE AN ADOPTED FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER IN THEIR DISTRICT BE SURE TO IDENTIFY YOURSELF AS SUCH.

PHONE NUMBERS, BOTH LOCAL AND IN ALBANY, FOR MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE ON CODES CAN BE FOUND HERE:
http://nyassembly.gov/mem/

 

Complete list of Members of Committee on Codes:

Joseph R. Lentol (CHAIR) LentolJ@nyassembly.gov @assemblymanjoe
Thomas J Abinanti abinantit@nyassembly.gov @TomAbinanti
Vivian E. Cook CookV@nyassembly.gov
Steven Cymbrowitz CymbroS@nyassembly.gov @SteveCym
Patricia Fahy FahyP@nyassembly.gov @PatriciaFahy109
Joseph M. Giglio GiglioJ@nyassembly.gov
Al Graf grafa@nyassembly.gov
Andrew Hevesi HevesiA@nyassembly.gov @AndrewHevesi
Charles D. Lavine LavineC@nyassembly.gov @Charles_Lavine
Tom McKevitt MckeviT@nyassembly.gov @TomMcKevitt1
Michael Montesano MontesanoM@nyassembly.gov @AsmMontesano
Angelo J. Morinello morinelloa@nyassembly.gov @VoteJudgeAngelo
Walter T. Mosley MosleyW@nyassembly.gov
Daniel J. O’Donnell OdonnellD@nyassembly.gov
N. Nick Perry PerryN@nyassembly.gov @NNickPerry
J. Gary Pretlow PretloJ@nyassembly.gov @JGPretlow
Edward P. Ra rae@nyassembly.gov @EdwardRa19 ‏ !!Robin Schimminger SchimmR@nyassembly.gov
Michele R. Titus TitusM@nyassembly.gov
Helene E. Weinstein WeinstH@nyassembly.gov
David I. Weprin WeprinD@nyassembly.gov @DavidWeprin
Kenneth Zebrowski ZebrowskiK@nyassembly.gov @kenzebrowski_ny

Sample Email:

Subject: VOTE NO ON A5036A

Dear Assemblymember ______________,

I, along with NYS ADOPTION EQUALITY, remain opposed to pending legislation, most recently modified as A5036A.

Current law allows NYS adopted adults to ask a Judge to release their Birth Record. A5036A does NOT restore access to adopted people but creates new privileges for those whose parental rights were terminated or surrendered.

Most people in your district wrongfully believe that, upon attaining the age of 18, an adopted person is given not only their birth record but their “entire file” including the reports of any time in foster care: the works.

A5036A is bill language crafted by Sheldon Silver’s office. It is not adoptee rights but a holdover of accommodations to special interest groups.

This is NOT restoration of adoptee access to their own birth record when the consent of (former) parents (considered legal strangers) is required. Legal strangers do not not need State notice that an adopted adult is doing genealogy or, simply, wants an accurate record of their birth as every other NYS resident is entitled to. These legal strangers were not allowed to make decisions for their adopted out offspring as children; why should they be allowed to do so when said children reach the age of majority?

A Judge deciding what is in the best interest of a “birth” parent with no mention of the best interest of the adopted adult is NOT adoptee rights. Giving new rights to people who currently have none is NOT adoptee rights.

I encourage you to VOTE NO on A5036A, It is regressive and further discriminates against adopted adults. Please replace the word “adoptee” with any other minority group (i.e.: Black/Hispanic/Jewish/Muslim/LGBTQ/etc) and ask yourself if you would support such a bill. Adopted Adults are discriminated against and treated as minorities. It is long past time to end the Tann/Lehman Legacy and the discrimination against adopted adults.

Adopted adults deserve access to a true and accurate record of their birth just as every other adult born in NYS can access.

Sincerely,

Cut and Paste Email Addresses:

LentolJ@nyassembly.gov, abinantit@nyassembly.gov, CookV@nyassembly.gov, CymbroS@nyassembly.gov, FahyP@nyassembly.gov, GiglioJ@nyassembly.gov, grafa@nyassembly.gov, HevesiA@nyassembly.gov, LavineC@nyassembly.gov, MckeviT@nyassembly.gov, MontesanoM@nyassembly.gov, morinelloa@nyassembly.gov, MosleyW@nyassembly.gov, OdonnellD@nyassembly.gov, PerryN@nyassembly.gov, PretloJ@nyassembly.gov, rae@nyassembly.gov, SchimmR@nyassembly.gov, TitusM@nyassembly.gov, WeinstH@nyassembly.gov, WeprinD@nyassembly.gov, ZebrowskiK@nyassembly.gov

TWITTER (please note: not all members have Twitter)

@assemblymanjoe #A5036A is NOT #AdopteeRights Vote #NO

@TomAbinanti #A5036A is NOT #AdopteeRights Vote #NO

@SteveCym #A5036A is NOT #AdopteeRights Vote #NO

@PatriciaFahy109 #A5036A is NOT #AdopteeRights Vote #NO

@AndrewHevesi #A5036A is NOT #AdopteeRights Vote #NO

@Charles_Lavine #A5036A is NOT #AdopteeRights Vote #NO

@TomMcKevitt1 #A5036A is NOT #AdopteeRights Vote #NO

@AsmMontesano #A5036A is NOT #AdopteeRights Vote #NO

@VoteJudgeAngelo #A5036A is NOT #AdopteeRights Vote #NO

@WalterTMosley #A5036A is NOT #AdopteeRights Vote #NO

@NNickPerry #A5036A is NOT #AdopteeRights Vote #NO

@JGPretlow #A5036A is NOT #AdopteeRights Vote #NO

@EdwardRa19 ‏ #A5036A is NOT #AdopteeRights Vote #NO

@DavidWeprin #A5036A is NOT #AdopteeRights Vote #NO

@kenzebrowski_ny #A5036A is NOT #AdopteeRights Vote #NO

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Bastard Nation Action Alert: Massachusetts S1195/H 1163. DO PASS out of Joint Committee on Public Safety


BASTARD NATION ACTION ALERT:  MASSACHUSETTS

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May 10, 2017

Massachusetts  adoptees need your help today!

Please contact all members of

the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health today

Bastard Nation has received notice from OBC for MA that on May 16, 2017 that clean Massachusetts S 1195 and H 1163 will be heard in the Joint Committee on Public Health These bills if passed would empty the current Black Hole in Massachusetts access law and create unrestricted  OBC access for all Massachusetts adoptees.  Currently only those adopted in Massachusetts on or before July 17, 1974 and on after January 1, 2018 have unrestricted access. Although similar bills received large bipartisan support last session, they never reached a floor vote and died when the session ended.

These are not Bastard Nation bills, and we have not been working with the OBC MA organization.  We did,  however, submit  testimony in support of the bills last session and will this session.  

Bills

S 1195

H 1163

Hearing Information

Date: May 16, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM

Location:  24 Beacon Hill, Boston MA, Hearing Room A2 (Directions)

Hearing Details here

We urge you to:

1) Write, e-mail or call members of the Joint Committee on Public Health and urge them to support these bills and report out favorably.  Share your personal and/or professional reasons for supporting access to original birth certificates.

2) Ask friends and family to contact Joint Committee members.  The more legislators hear from constituents, the greater our chance of success!

3) Contact your legislators and ask for their support in moving these bills forward.

If you are in Massachusetts, we urge you to testify in person before the Joint Committee, If you cannot attend submit written testimony to Budget and Legislative Director Shannon More at:

Shannon.Moore@masenate.gov

Testimony rules are here.

Oral testimony is limited to about 3 minutes.

 

Contacts:  

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new! Bastard Nation Analysis and Endorsement of the Adoptee Citizenship Act 2015

new!  Bastard Nation Analysis and Endorsement of the Adoptee Citizenship Act 2015

Stop deporting our brothers and sisters!

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Become a Bastard Nation Legislative Liaison!

Become a Bastard Nation Legislative Liaison!

Bastard Nation needs Legislative Liaisons in every state with laws that seal adoption records. We need eyes and ears in the legislatures, creating relationships and gathering information.

What does a BN Legislative Liaison do? They talk with lawmakers and their staff about adoptee rights and the laws that seal records. They distribute Bastard Nation position papers and FAQs to legislators and staff members. They record their conversations and report to the BN Legislative Committee.

They are organized, informed, friendly, helpful, and engaged.

What do you need to do to be a BN Legislative Liaison?

1. You need to live close to the capitol of your state.
2. You need to be able to appear friendly, even when talking with people who disagree with you or are just disagreeable, period.
3. You need to have a flexible schedule.
4. You need to agree with Bastard Nation’s mission: If you don’t know what that is, go to bastardnation.org, it’s right there on our welcome page.

Those are the prerequisites. If you are interested, click the picture of the capitol rotunda, and fill out the application form. We will be in touch and schedule an online orientation and training.

We look forward to working with you!

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Bastard Nation is gathering the names of moms who are willing to step forward and say that they were never promised confidentiality. If you are willing to participate, please comment this status. Your name (and if you choose, the relinquishment date) will be added to a list used in newspaper ads and to educate legislators.

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See our state partners:

See our state partners:

Proud Bastard Nation Partner: CalOpen

Proud Bastard Nation Partner: CalOpen

Proud Bastard Nation Partner: Indiana Open Access

Proud Bastard Nation Partner: Indiana Open Access

Proud Bastard Nation Partner: Michigan Open Access

Proud Bastard Nation Partner:  Michigan Open Access

Proud Bastard Nation Partner: Missouri Open

Proud Bastard Nation Partner:  Missouri Open

Proud Bastard Nation Partner: Equal Access Oklahoma

Proud Bastard Nation Partner: Equal Access Oklahoma

Proud Bastard Nation Partner: Open Adoption Records in Quebec

Proud Bastard Nation Partner: Open Adoption Records in Quebec

SAMPLE STATE ORGANIZATION RESOLUTION AGAINST VETOES AND OTHER RESTRICTIONS

SAMPLE STATE ORGANIZATION RESOLUTION AGAINST VETOES AND OTHER RESTRICTIONS

Any political organization seeking to enact true open records legislation should be very clear with both their constituents and the legislators they work with about what the essential provisions of the proposed bill are. Any modification or deletion of the essential provisions of a bill should be immediate cause to have the bill killed.

Any political organization seeking the assistance of Bastard Nation to pass open records legislation must hold unconditional access by adult adoptees to the original record of their birth as an essential provision that cannot be modified or deleted. Read our Mission Statement.

Bastard Nation will not assist any political organization to pass open records legislation unless their governing board or other leadership

passes a written resolution such as the following that commits the board to a strategy of no compromise on key provisions
informs its constituents of this commitment and this strategy
informs the sponsoring legislators of this commitment and this strategy.

WHEREAS we recognize that disclosure and contact vetoes, redactions, mandatory intermediaries and registry provisions are an affront to the dignity of adopted persons everywhere and a violation of their right to due process and equal treatment under the law,

WHEREAS there has been a demonstrable negative effect on the ability to pass unconditional open records in states that have passed veto legislation and/or any provisions that are less than unconditional access on demand by the adult adoptee,

WHEREAS our primary goal is to restore the right of adult adoptees everywhere to be treated as full citizens under the law,

WE HEREBY DECLARE that under no circumstances will we accept the addition of veto, redaction, intermediary, or registry provisions, or any conditional provisions to our legislation that would be less than unconditional access for adult adoptees to the original record of their birth. All legislative sponsors and members of this organization will be informed of our policy on this matter to ensure that the bill is pulled promptly in the event of such revisions.

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