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.

Massachusetts Update: Good News! H1162 and S1195 pass out of comnmittee!

On May 16, 2017 the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Pubic Health held a hearing on H1163/S1195.  These (identical) 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.

The current bills passed favorably out of committee on  May 30. H1163 (accompanied by S1195) has been forwarded to the House Committee on Steering, Policy, and Scheduling. Last session similar bills, with large bi-partisian support,  landed in this committee where they sat without a vote until the session ended and they died. Go to our Legislative page for details of current and past legislative activities in Massachusetts and other states).

H1163/S1195 are not Bastard Nation bills and OBC for MA is not a Bastard Nation partner. BN, however, supports these bills as written. Our submitted testimony is here.

Below is May 31, 2017  statement from OBC for MA on current status and what you can do”

H.1163 and S.1195 were heard by the Joint Committee on Public Health on May 16. Thanks to everyone who attended the hearing, testified, and/or submitted written testimony.  The Committee responded to our powerful voices and reported out favorably on May 30.  H.1163 (accompanied by S.1195) has been referred the the House Committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling!

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Bastard Nation Action Alert: Connecticut SB 977, Full Senate Vote, Do Pass!

BASTARD NATION ACTION ALERT CONNECTICUT SB 977

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May 28, 2017

Connecticut adoptees need your help today

Please contact all members of Connecticut Senate the today!

DO PASS SB 977

Vote scheduled for May 31, 2017

SB 977, a bill to restore Original Birth Certificate access to Connecticut  adoptees adopted before October 1, 1983, is tentatively scheduled for a vote in the Senate on Wednesday May 31, 2017.

Currently those adopted after that date enjoy full unrestricted access, but numerous attempts to “even the playing field ” by restoring the right of all adopted Connecticuters to access their OBSs have failed.

Access Connecticut (not affiliated with BN) says  that a floor vote is expected to occur on Wednesday  May 31, 2017 sometime between 3 pm and midnight (or later.) Bastard Nation urges its members to join this effort and to call. write, or attend the session to show support

The full language of the bill can be found here.

The bill:
• restores the right of Original Birth Certificate access to those adopted before October 23,1983. without restriction.
• permits the release of the OBC to an adoptee’s adult child or grandchild.
• clarifies that a person born outside of Connecticut, but adopted in Connecticut has the right to information on their birth certificate
• contains a genuine voluntary Contact Preference form similar to those found in Oregon, Alabama, New Hampshire, Maine, and Rhode Island.
• Makes OBC access uniform for all Connecticut adoptees

Please contact members of the Connecticut Senate to express your support for SB 997  and unrestricted OBC access for  all Connecticut adoptes. Vote   DO PASS.

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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)

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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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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!

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 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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GET INVOLVED with Bastard Nation’s national and state-level advocacy efforts. Sign up or update your contact information here. We’ll be in touch.

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Help us celebrate 20 years of bastardy! Bastard Nation is proud to announce the publication of "The Bastard Chronicles: 20 Years of Adoptee Equality Activism in the U.S.and the Birth of a Bastard Nation", Compiled and edited by Marla Paul, "The Bastard Chronicles" is primer for adoptee equality. It features a diverse collection of Bastard theory, and practice, Bastard and Bastard Nation history, legislative and political action, personal stories, art, and literature. It is the public face of Class Bastard written by Bastard Nationals and those we have influenced. Get yours in time for the holidays. Available at Amazon in print and Kindle today. (After the first of the year the print edition will also be available through the Bastard Boutique.

Bastards! Our Bastard Nation Logo T-shirts are now in the boutique! Show the world that we have no shame. Wear it proudly and represent!

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This summer we are updating our membership/donation page and payment process. If you would like to join or donate, please hit the spemrie. It will take you to our Bastard Boutique page. Follow instructions from there. Be sure to include a quick note with your contact information and anything else you'd like us us know..

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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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