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.

Happy Birth Certificate Day

Dec. 3 was the first day adult adoptees born in Oregon were able to request copies of their own birth certificates, thanks to a ballot measure approved last month. It also was the day some Philadelphia-born adoptees made the same request here, knowing it would be denied.

“It was to make a point,” says C.K. Bertrand Holub, a Germantown resident and member of Bastard Nation, a national adoptees’ rights organization. Bertrand Holub helped organize the rally outside the state office building at Broad and Spring Garden Streets that preceded the symbolic filing of birth certificate requests.

When the ballot measure passed, Oregon became only the third state to allow adults who were adopted to access their own birth records. (Kansas and Alaska are the others.) Implementation of the new law has been delayed by a lawsuit, but Bastard Nation still counts the vote as a victory.

Adult adoptees born in Pennsylvania have been denied access to their birth certificates since 1984. Bertrand Holub says the change was forced by the powerful national adoption lobby – the same folks challenging Oregon’s new law – and anti-abortion activists, who argue that the threat of being found 20 years later would compel more women to abort their unwanted children.

“But not every [adoptee] wants a reunion,” says Bertrand Holub. “Maybe they want to [obtain their birth certificate to] study their genealogy. Maybe they want to frame it and put it on the wall. The point is, those are our records, and we should have the right to get them.”

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Adoptees seek state’s help to ease their hunt

Published Sunday, December 6, 1998, in the San Jose Mercury News

 

Adoptees seek state’s help to ease their hunt

Open-records law urged

BY STEVE JOHNSON
Mercury News Staff Writer

She was adopted 22 years ago when she was just 4, but painful memories linger for Robin Schuettke.

The man who was raising her told her he no longer loved her. He told her to forget him. Was that man her father?

Schuettke has never been able to find out because California — like many states — makes it difficult for adoptees to get at their original birth certificates.

Now, advocates buoyed by recent victories in Tennessee, Delaware and Oregon are pushing to unseal adoption records in more states. And they hope California will be among the next battlegrounds for the rights of adoptees like Schuettke, of San Jose.

“I don’t see why they think they have the right to deny us information on who we are,” said Schuettke, who spent several fruitless years searching for her mother’s and father’s identities. “If I could get those records, it might answer a lot of questions.” … Continue Reading

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Adoptees Push for New Laws

Adoptees push for new laws
By JOYCE KIRTLEY World Staff Writer
12/4/98

People across the country seek access to their original birth records.

Judy McCoy walked into the vital statistics office on Greenwood Avenue on Thursday to request her original birth certificate.

The adoptee, accompanied by friend Ronna Smith and a television news crew that had arrived earlier, were ordered to leave. But Smith and McCoy stood there, refusing to budge until an employee called security. The group left on their own.

“We’re not here to cause any violence,” said Smith, a birth mother who gave up her son for adoption years ago. “We’re just here to pass out information to adoptees and let them know they have civil rights.”

McCoy was one of many adoptees across the country who tried to make a point by walking into vital statistics offices and applying for their original birth records.

Like most states, Oklahoma does not give adoptees “unconditional access” to their original birth records. … Continue Reading

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Adoptees protest laws that keep them from heritage

Adoptees protest laws that keep them from heritage
FINDING THEIR ROOTS

By Matthew I. Pinzur
The Macon Telegraph

For 30 years, Michelle Hills knew her own name. Two weeks ago, that changed.

Adopted in Pasadena, Calif., when she was 6 weeks old, Hills recently obtained her original birth certificate after years of searching. She was born Krista M. Branman.

“It’s very interesting to look in the mirror now,” said Hills, 30, who now lives in Macon. “These other two people thought I should be called Krista.”

But many adoptees have not had the same success researching their pasts, prompting more than a dozen protests across the country for Adoptee Rights Day on Thursday. A small group, organized by Hills, demonstrated at the Macon-Bibb County Health Department, where birth certificates are kept.

Most states, including Georgia, will only release an adoptee’s original birth certificate with the birth parents’ consent. What adoptees get instead is an altered document that names the adoptive parents. Some birth certificates, like Hill’s, have other information, such as birthplace, changed as well. … Continue Reading

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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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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.