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.

FAQ’s

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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Secrets and Lies New York Style

New York State Asembly member Daniel O’ Donnell claimed during adoptee rights debates on the floor of the Assembly:

O’Donnell is the briother of Rosie God-put-you-in-the wrong-tummy, O’Donnell. Here is what  he is hiding:

Stop the secrets. Stop the lies.

Contact Governor Andrew Cumo today and ask him to veto A5036b/S4845b

Phone:  518-474-8390

Twitter:  @andrewcuomo2016

Address:  The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

 more information on A5036b/S4845b

Videos courtesy of Greg Luce. Adoptee Rights Law Center and ARLC Facebook.

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Profiles in Courage. Thank 2 NY Assembly members who stood up publicly for adoptee rights

Please take a minute and drop a thank-you line to two thoughtful and courageous members of the New York Asssembly who argued against passage of A5036b/S4845  during floor debate before the final vote.

Assb. Dean Murray  (D) Assembly District 3– comprises parts of Suffolk County, including Medford and Mastic Beach.  Murray was a co-sponsor of A5036b/S4845b. He dropped support on the floor during debate due to overwheming adoptee opposition.

murrayd@nyassembly.gov
@DeanMurrayNYAD3

 

Assb. Robert C Carroll  (D) Asembly District 44–compriuses parts of Brooklyn including Park Slope and Flatbush.  He refused to vote for A5936b/S4845b and urged passage of Rep, Tony Avella’s clean bill.

CarrollR@nyassembly.gov
@Bobby4Brooklyn

 

For more information on these bills go to the Bastard Nation Legislative page

Videos courtesy of Greg Luce. Adoptee Rights Law Center and ARLC Facebook.

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Bastard Nation Action Alert: New York: Write Gov Cuomo today! VETO A5036b/S4845b

BASTARD NATION  ACTION ALERT

Veto New York A5036/S4845B

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June 22, 2017

New York adoptees need your help today

Please contact  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo today!

Veto A5036b/S4845b

Last night, in the last minutes of the last day of the legislative session, the New York Senate passed regressive, anti-adoptee  A5036b/S4845 with a vote of 55-7.  The bill maintains the state’s sealed records system, by creating a confusing, drawn-out OBC application process, mandating birthparent consent to release of the OBC, redaction of identfying information upon birthparent request, and a cumbersome juducial procedure in which judges determine if release of the OBC is “detremental” to a birthparent. No fiscal note was attached.   New York is a key state, and if this bill becomes law it could  serve as a model and benchmark for other states.  More about the bill is on the BN Legislative page,

A5036b/S4845 was  passed overwhelmingly in both houses by legislators– including House sponsor David Weprin–who openly admitted during floor debates that the bill was bad and opposed by adoptees who were supposedly the beneficiaries of his bill.  Legislator mendacity ran along these lines:

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Bastard Nation Action Alert, NY A5036b/S4845b. Emergency. Contact Senate today Vote scheduled for tomorrow. Kill the bill!

BASTARD NATION ACTION ALERT

New York A5036b/S4845b

URGENT TWITTER ALERT! URGENT

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June 20, 2017

New York adoptees need your help today

Please contact all members of New York  Senate today!

DO NOT PASS A5036b/S4845b

Minutes ago, the New York Assembly passed  102-23 regressive anti-adioptee A5036b. The bill will be heard tomorrow–the last schedued day of the session– in the Senate

We need to kill this now!

The bill, marketed as an adoptee rights/open records bill continues New York’s long history of  abbrogating the rights of adoptees to their own birth certificates by leaving countless numbers behind.  The bill includes:

Biological parent permission for release of the unredacted OBC. Access to the OBC predicated on the permission of birthparents AKA “legal strangers”–a “right” that no parent or other third party possesses. The comfort zone of birthparents whose parental rights were terminated decades earlier trump the civil rights of adult adoptees.

Redacted birth certificates. The government sanctioned-mutilation of official government records that blacks out certain information at the request of biarthparent(s).

Court ordered release of the OBC at broad judicial discretion.  Judicial scrutiny forcing adoptees to undergo judicial determination of “worthiness” that the not-adopted do not have to “prove” to receive their birth certificates.

We have made a difference. You can male a difference. 

This afternoon A5036 co-sponsor Assb. Dean Murray and  bill supporter Assb.  Robert Carroll  changed their votes to NO after hearing from adoptess across the state and country that this bill is not in their best interests.

There is little known support for the bill in the Senate.  The identical Senate version of 5036b, S4845 has only ONE sponsor.  Now is the time to slam!

Contact Senators tonight. E-Mail and Tweet. Let them know that A5036b is not YOUR bill.  Your letter need not be long and detailed.  Tell them A5036b/S5845 does not represent adoptees or reflect what we want. Tell them to  VOTE NO. DO NOT PASS.

Senate Email

addabbo@nysenate.gov,
akshar@nysenate.gov,
avella@nysenate.gov, … Continue Reading

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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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Bastard Nation Executive Committee and LegCom page

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Join us on the Official Bastard Nation Facebook page. The only "adoption" page on Facebook dedicated to discussion and promotion of adoptee autonomy, civil rights, bastard theory, political organizing, and activism. You can also sign up there for our BN mail list which includes all of our Action Alerts. This is not a search and support page. No Woundies need apply! (Page live on July 1, 2015)

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Join the Bastard Nation Public Page, a public service for Bastard Nationals, friends and supporters. General discussion on adoptee rights and related issues.

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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!

Read 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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Bastard Nation Moms Club

Bastard Nation Moms Club

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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