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.


Frequently Asked Questions 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 lasting attitudes of shame in all areas of the adoption process. Secrets and lies abound. …

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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

The BASTARDIZED states of Alabama, Alaska, Oregon, Kansas, New Hampshire Maine 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 Action Alert: Missouri HB 1599: Write today to support unrestricted OBC access

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Support Missouri HB 1599

 Missouri adoptees need your help NOW!

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HB 1599 will be heard on Tuesday February 2, 2016 before the House  Children and Families Committee.  This is a clean bill that will restore access to all Missouri-born adoptees, without restrictions or conditions,  their original birth certificates.  The committee will meet at Noon in Room #1.

  • The bill  and its history  is here.
  • Under current law, adoptees can access their OBC only through court order.  The current law is here.

Please submit your written testimony (especially if you are connected to Missouri) or letter of support for HB 1599 as written without restriction to  bill sponsor Rep. Don Phillips and to committee members now.  Your message need not be long. Let them know that the era of sealed  birth certificates is  over and that Missouri adoptees should be treated the same as the not adopted. Ask them to vote YES for HB 1599.

Below is the contact list for the House Committee on Children and Famlies.

Bill Sponsor:

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Bastard Nation Testimony on Indiana SB 91 – Vote No

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Bastard Nation Testimony in Opposition to SB 91

Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee

January 13, 2016

Submitted by Marley E. Greiner, Executive Chair

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 redaction or restricted access to a true copy of the original birth certificate.

We oppose passage of  SB 91 and urge it be rejected by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Our testimony is divided in three parts (1) general comments regarding sealed OBCs, and privacy v anonymity,  (2) the consequences of continued OBC sealing and (3) specific objections to SB 91

Privacy v anonymity in OBC Access

Unrestricted OBC access is not a “privacy” issue. There is no evidence in any state that OBCs were sealed to “protect” the reputation or “privacy” of biological parents who relinquished children for adoption. On the contrary, records were sealed to protect the reputations of “bastard children” and to protect adoptive families from birthparent interference.

”Privacy” and”anonymity” are not synonymous either legally or linguistically. Moreover, courts have ruled that adoption anonymity does not exist. (Doe v Sundquist, and Does v Oregon Summary Judgment). Laws change constantly, and the state, lawyers, social workers, and others were never in a position to promise anonymity in adoption. In fact, in the over 40 years of the adoptee rights battle, not one document has been submitted anywhere that promises or guarantees sealed records and an anonymity “right” to birthparents.

Identifying information about surrendering parents often appears in court documents given to adoptive parents who can at any point give that information to the adopted person. The names of surrendering parents are published in legal ads. Courts can open “sealed records” for “good cause.” Critically, the OBC is sealed at the time of adoption finalization, not surrender. If a child is not adopted, the record is never sealed. If a child is adopted, but the adoption is overturned or disrupted, the OBC is unsealed. In some states, including Indiana, adoptive parents can request the court at the time of adoption finalization to keep the document unsealed.

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Bastard Nation Action Alert: Indiana SB 91 – Oppose


You do NOT have to reside in Indiana to take part!

Senate Bill 91, sponsored by Senator Brent Steele, is scheduled for its first Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Jan. 13, 2016. Your urgent action is needed, now! Please, contact the Senate Judiciary Committee and urge them to vote NO on SB 91

Current State Law:

The birth certificate

IC 31-19-13-1 states that the court, adoptive parents or an adoptee may request a birth certificate not be sealed.

IC 31-19-13-4 If a decision to amend the birth certificate is made then each local health department seals the original birth certificate OR surrenders the original birth certificate to the State Health Department, as the Department directs.

IC 31-19-13-3 If an adoption is annulled or revoked then the original birth certificate is restored.

IC  31-19-13-2 A sealed original birth certificate may only be INSPECTED in accordance with IC 31-19-17 through 31-19-25.5


The Registry

 Indiana-born adoptees adopted on or after Jan. 1,1994 (and 21 or over) are required to join the Indiana Adoption Medical History Registry.  (IAMHR)  If ALL first parents listed on the original birth certificate (OBC)  join the registry with proof that they are who is listed on the obc, the adoptee will receive “identifying information.”  The adoptee does not, however, receive a copy of the obc. The adoptive parents of Indiana born adoptees adopted after Jan. 1, 1994 (and under 21)  are required to join the  Indiana IAMHR and all first parents listed on the obc  are required join the registry with proof that the parent is who is listed on the obc and without signing a Disclosure Veto (DV) to obtain access. Indiana-born adoptees born before Jan. 1, 1994 do not have access to the “identifying information”. In addition, Indiana-born adoptees born after Jan. 1, 1994 have access to pre-adoptive sibling information. Everyone who joins the registry must show proof of age (21 or older) or have an adult ( 21 or over) register in their place.

SB 91 link: https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2016/bills/senate/91#document-83cd0b38

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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!

Bastard Nation Thought for the Day: September 5, 2015

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Read a day-by-day account of what real live adoptees have to say about secret adoption and sealed records....A service of Bastard Nation and Emma Pea! Fighting adoptacrats since 1996.

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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.