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.

Bastards in the Room, Guest Blogger Greg Luce

A few weeks ago the Donaldson Adoption Institute, which has a long history of saying one thing and doing another with our rights, announced its plan to get involved in Open Records activism.  Its new project is called 50 States 1 Movement/ OBC2020. The reaction among genuine adoptee equality /open records activists was not enthusiastic. Several made personal or organizational statements and critiques, and Bastard Nation will publish ours shortly. (We will include links to those comments with our statement.)  Apparently surprised by the blowback, DAI stirred the pot some more by issuing a “clarification statement.” Unfortunately for DAI, more blowback blew back in their face.

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Late in May Greg Luce, adoptee, attorney, and founder of The Adoptee Rights Law Center posted a blog, What’s the Adoption Institute Up To? in which he questioned DAI’s specific interest in adoptee rights activism and its actual position on unrestricted access to OBCs and other publicly held adoption records  On June 5,  Luce, in response to DAI’s clarification (which seems to have been a response to Luce’s question)  published  Bastards in the Room where he detailed his concerns and DAI’s seeming reluctance to take a hardline against compromise and deform.   An important and lively  discussion  between  Bastards and Deformist Babysteppers followed.

Bastards in the Room reflects our feelings so well that we asked Luce, who is an Indie Bastard not affiliated with BN,  permission to repost it here, and he  agreed.  Bastards in the Room  comments on his page are now closed, but we urge you to go directly to and  read the very clear demarcation between Bastard Nation and allies and deformers.  We welcome discussion here.

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I recently spoke with April Dinwoodie and Kim Paglino of the Donaldson Adoption Institute. It was a good discussion but, despite my pressing, I did not receive direct answers to three critical questions I had asked earlier.

Our conversation was similar to interactions I have with lawyers on cases where obvious disagreements exist but, for the most part, we agree on many of the basic facts, remain cordial if not friendly to each other, and retain a solid understanding of all of the relevant issues. Such conversations are almost always circular, people agreeing on certain fundamental things but not necessarily staking out anything more substantive. This approach, while understandable, sometimes reveals more after first glance, particularly if direct answers to posed questions are avoided. It is as if you define things by the absence of color or content, the same as if you draw a moon by coloring an indigo sky around it, leaving a blank white orb on the page. It is through the emptiness of an answer that we sometimes obtain the truth.

And here’s what I can cull from that blank white moon in front of me now:

Donaldson cannot commit to unrestricted OBC access for all adult adoptees, unequivocally, without compromise. If Donaldson could, it would just say it. But it won’t. Instead, Donaldson’s answer is purposely fuzzy and pliable. And this is consistent with how Donaldson has viewed the fight for unrestricted OBC access in the past as well as how it views its new legislative “leadership” role on the issue today: not so much as a staunch and uncompromising civil rights and legislative advocate for adoptees but instead a facilitator of a flexible approach that could resonate well with “all members of the extended family of adoption.” It is a think tank and collaboratist approach, and think tank is a phrase that April and Kim specifically used in their conversation with me and in their most recent blog post. There is nothing wrong with a think tank—Donaldson has produced solid thinktanky things, like testimony and research and policy papers that many of us have used in political and legal advocacy. But is Donaldson committing to lead on adoptee civil rights by maintaining a firm and uncompromising political and legislative stance, specifically whenever compromise is pursued? No. Donaldson is not committing to that. Not only has it never committed to that, but it can’t.

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Bad News Out of Connecticut: SB 977 dies at end of session

SB 977, the bill that would have restored the right of all Connecticut adoptees to their OBC died at midnight June 7, 2017  when it failed to reach the Senate floor for a vote before the close of the session.

Currently Connecticut adoptees born on or after October 1, 1983 can receive their OBC without restriction or condition .Those before that date continue to swim in a black hole of  hoops and secrecy.

Access Connecticut Adoptee Rights, the sponsor of the bill, is not a Bastard Nation or a BN partner bill, but we supported SB 977. The organization will announce further steps later.

Bastard Nation thanks all of our members, allies, and friends who supported SB 977 with their testimony, emails, phone calls, and tweets.

You can read Access Connecticut’s statement on its FB page.

Go to BN’s Legislative Page  for information on open records efforts throughout the country.

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

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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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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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