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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Featured News:

Hell Freezes Over: Bastard Nation invited to discuss how to gain adoptee equality through “radical grassroots reform” at AAC Atlanta 2017

Fellow Bastards!

Last spring, Emm Paul and I attended the American Adoption Congress conference in Denver. In the past Bastard Nationals, including myself, have attended and presented at AAC conferences, but Bastard Nation and the AAC have also been in opposition over legislative strategies and outcomes for many years. We weren’t sure of what kind of reception we would receive as proud Bastards.

Much to our surprise, everyone was very kind and interested in talking to us. Many had heard things about Bastard Nation, but were essentially unaware of what our mission is. We had the opportunity to educate some AAC members on the history of our “distasteful” name, and about equality legislation. Many were surprised to find that the AAC has supported compromise legislation in the past. We even won a few people over who have since become members.

 With a new board and a new President, the AAC has graciously extended BN an invitation to present at their 2017 conference so that we could educate interested members about our “Leave No One Behind” approach to open records legislation. After some heated discussion, we have decided to take them up on their offer. With so much legislation (most of it dirty) happening in the last couple of years, it would be a good thing to garner more allies than opposition in our fight for equality. And we need to put a face to BN, to quell the rumors that we’re “just two people on the Internet messing it all up for the rest of us”.

So with cautious optimism, Emm, Brenda Romanchik, Mirren Kara Theiding and I will be presenting “Radical Reform and Grassroots Activism; How to Achieve Adoptee Equality in Your State” at the next AAC conference.



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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

Distribute Freely!

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 is a proud member of the New York Adoptee Rights COalition

Bastard Nation is a proud member of the New York Adoptee Rights COalition

NYAC: Bastard Nation, The American Adoption Congress, Adoptee Rights Law Center, Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York. Strategic Partners: Reclaim the Records



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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. Print edition available at Amazon and the Bastard Boutique/.Also available on Kindle.



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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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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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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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