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 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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Bastard Nation Action Alert. Quebec Bill 113. Demand No Veto!

Bastard Nation Action Alert via Open Adoption Records Quebec

Bill 113

October 6, 2016

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Please help our friends and Bastard Nation partner Open Adoption Records Quebec by calling, emailing and tweeting. As with in the US, birth parent privacy was never promised. Say no to vetoes!!

Open Adoption Records in Quebec


It’s time to make our voices heard. Tweet, call, write or email. We want adoption record reform without vetoes. Birth parent privacy was never promised. Vetoes only protect lies, coverup and government deception.

DNA has disposed of any aspect of privacy and a veto has no place in the 21st century. We are not going to leave any adoptee behind.

I need every one of you to contact Stephanie Vallee right now, tell her that adoption reform is possible without restrictive archaic vetoes.

We refuse to support this bill unless the veto is removed

Hashtag #NoVetoBill113 Contact the Minister here:

Cut and paste the tweet.

Twitter @ValleeStephanie Birthmother privacy was never promised, remove the veto from #Bill113. #OpenRecordsQuebec #LeaveNoBastardBehind @OpenRecordsQC

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Bastard Nation Action Alert: Pennsylvania HB162. Write to Senate today. Do Not Pass!


October 4, 2016

Pennsylvania HB 162

Pennsylvania adoptees need your help today!

Please contact all members of the Pennsylvania Senate today

and tell them to vote DO NOT PASS on  HB 162.


Last week the Pennsylvania Senate Public Health & Welfare Committee passed HB 162 out of committee.  The once clean bill was deformed last year with anti-adoptee amendments, (Bastard Nation Action Alert)  backed by Pennsylvania Catholic Council, the ACLU, the Montgomery County Orphans Court, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, and professional searchers.   (Scroll down to “Pennsylvania” and click on opposition links).     

The bill passed last week deforms the bill even more, tightening  already proposed tight OBC restrictions. It includes an ambiguously-worded zombie veto which in practical terms creates a perpetual Disclosure Veto that bars release of the original birth certificate  by continuing the DV after the death of a parent who has requested it.  The bill now goes to the Appropriations committee and then to  the Senate floor.

Bastard Nation believes that HB 162 is unsalvageable and needs to be killed. Please contact the full Senate today and ask members to vote DO NOT PASS.  

Pennsylvania Adoptee Rights is not a Bastard Nation Partner, but has consistently held the line against compromise legislation in the state.  It  continues to oppose HB 162 and has issued the following action alert, which we are posting below.


Pennsylvania Adoptee Rights Action Alert:


On Tuesday, September 28, 2016 the PA Senate Public Health & Welfare Committee passed a bill that would allow adult adoptees to access their original birth certificates with restrictions. The bill, HB162, has been amended from its original form. It is now headed to the Senate for a full vote.

Page 4, Section C is of particular concern:

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Bastard Nation – Equal Access Oklahoma Partnership Announcement

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Bastard Nation is happy to announce that it has entered into a partnership with Equal Access Oklahoma, dedicated to adoptee equality in the State of Oklahoma.  It joins  BN partners CalOpen, Indiana Open AccessMissouri Open,  Michigan Open Access, and Open Adoption Records Quebec  BN will continue to work  with and support Oklahoma Open, a non-Bastard Nation partner with a long record of non-compromise  campaigns.

Equal Access Oklahoma advocates for the restoration of human and civil rights of Oklahoma adult citizens denied by law from having access to personal records pertaining to their historical, genetic and legal identities, because they were adopted as children.  It  seeks to restore the dignity of adult adoptees by eliminating the government’s imposed management of adult adoptees relationships resulting from sealed records.

You can read the BN-EAO  partnership resolution here.  The EAO Facebook Page is here.

staci bn profile (1)Equal Access Oklahoma is led by Staci Neasby.

We asked Staci  to tell us, in her own words, a little bit about herself  and the goals of Equal Access Oklahoma.

I was born 1969 in Oklahoma City, OK,  and placed for adoption at birth. I spent three months in foster care and then I was adopted at age 3 months.

I had amazing adoptive parents who I call Mom and Dad.  I had a wonderful childhood, with very supportive parents that raised me! I was the 3rd generation of adopted children. I broke the cycle !

My struggles:  When I decided as an adult that I wanted my OBC, the state of Oklahoma slammed doors everywhere I went to attempt  to access my records. I have been a citizen of Oklahoma since birth , never leaving the state. I was able to obtain my OBC via a court order eventually.  This is where my journey began! At the age of 44, I finally had my original birth records after fighting to get them for 20 years prior to that.
To me it is every adoptee’s right to have access to their original records.
Our organization  is not about search;  it is about stopping the roadblocks we experience as adoptees and  being treated as second class citizens. In 2016 , we should have the same rights as all other citizens, the right to know where we came from , and to finally witness with our own eyes , the day our lives began. It is very important to me that we can gain clean bills to finally open original birth records in Oklahoma. I will not cease my efforts until there is no adoptee left behind in Oklahoma!
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Bastard Nation Analysis and Endorsement of The Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2015

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Bastard Nation Analysis and Endorsement of

The Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2015

This report will be updated when appropriate.

A shorter bullet point version of this report is here

Until 2000 children adopted internationally by a US citizen were required to undergo a naturalization process prescribed by US law. Depending on the type of visa the child traveled under to enter the US, some were granted automatic citizenship while others gained citizenship only after their adoptive parents “re-adopted” them in the US following procedures outlined by federal and individual state law.

Unfortunately, many adoptive parents did not check citizenship status at the time of adoption or follow through on the citizenship process. Some say they were unaware of naturalization requirements and believed citizenship was automatic upon adoption finalization. Some claim to have been misled by their adoption agencies, courts, lawyers, or federal immigration authorities. Some believed that it was up to the adoptee, at the age of majority, to choose their citizenship status. In some cases adoptive parents disrupted the adoption, and either “rehomed” the children they brought to the US or turned them over to the state foster care system where they lingered with no legal closure.

Decades later these misunderstandings and failures led to legal problems—including deportation proceedings– for international adoptees years after their adoptions were were assumed “finalized” and citizenship granted. Most of these adoptees had no idea that they were not US citizens until they attempted something as simple as registering to vote or were convicted of minor crimes—even misdemeanors—and fell under the gaze of government authorities.

The passage of the federal Child Citizenship Act of 2000 (text) attempted to remedy this situation by granting automatic citizenship to those 21 and younger adopted internationally on or after February 27, 2000, the effective date of the legislation.

Those adopted before that date were left behind, subject to federal investigation and possible deportation under the old system. The situation became worse after 9/11 when legal identity and proof of citizenship came under critical scrutiny by federal, state, and local governments. Since then, the number of international adoptees deported or in the deportation pipeline has grown dramatically Most have been convicted of minor non-violent offenses particularly controlled substance possession; others reportedly investigated and threatened with deportation for simply applying for a Pell Grant or Social Security benefits. One absurd case involved German adoptee, Mary Anne Gehris, an administrative assistant and mother of two in Covington, Georgia, who in 1998 applied for citizenship so she could vote and accept scholarship money. She admitted on her application that ten years earlier she had been convicted of misdemeanor battery for pulling a woman’s hair during a “spat” over a boyfriend, had done a year’s probation, and community service time. She avoided deportation when the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole granted her a pardon to keep her in the US. She became a US citizen in 2001.

The federal government keeps no statistics on the number of deported adoptees or how many adoptees are in the US without US citizenship. We are therefore forced to rely on media reports on individual deportation cases. The most complete documentation is located on the website of the adoption watchdog Pound Pup Legacy. Researchers however, say that the number of “illegal adoptees” can go as high as 15,000. Many may not be aware of their “illegal” status and some may not even know they are adopted. To make matters worse, those who learn they aren’t citizens are fearful of coming forward to apply for citizenship because under the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1996 they can be charged as undocumented by INS/Ice and subject to deportation, The law gives judges little discretion to stay deportations.

Currently, America’s “illegal adoptees” cannot gain permanent resident status. They cannot legally hold jobs or driver licenses or register vehicles, open bank accounts, join the military, receive security clearances, apply for US passports, or receive any number of government entitlements—including Social Security which they or their or their spouses have paid in to.

Rudi Richards/Udo Ackerman. Adoptee deported to Germany; Army vet

What we do know is that the majority of adoptee deportees are Asian and Latino, most adopted as infants or toddlers by white parents, some military. Some deportees, such as Rudi Richards/Udo Ackerman (Germany) and Monte Haimes/Ho-Kyu-Han (Korea) in fact, are veterans whose status wasn’t flagged when they enlisted in the military. A number of deportees, such as Adam Crapser (Korea) and Jennifer Haynes(India) were victims of child physical and sexual abuse, disrupted adoptions, and abusive foster care.

Adoptee deportees have little or no memory of their countries of origin. They have no native-language skills, and no family, friends, or support system in their first countries. Most have no means of employment in their original countries due not only to those limitations, but because those governments severed citizenship when the child was adopted to the US. News reports indicate that deported adoptees often end up in homeless shelters and the streets—or worse– when returned to their countries of origin.

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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!

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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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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.

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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



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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