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.

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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 Testimony Missouri HB 1822. Not an adoptee rights bill Oppose

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Bastard Nation Letter/Testimony in Opposition to HB 1822

Missouri House Committee on Children and Families, February 16, 2016

Submitted by Marley E. Greiner, Executive Chair

 

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 redaction or restricted access to a true copy of the original birth certificate.

First we congratulate the committee for its passage of HB , sponsored by Rep. Don Phillips. HB 1599 is a genuine adoptee rights bill that would restore OBC access to all Missouri adoptees without condition or restriction and reflects current best practice standards in adoption.  By supporting this bill, the committee supports adoptees and adoption reform at the highest level in the US today.

Unfortunately with the success and interest in HB 1599, HB 1822 has been introduced as a blocker bill to gut the reforms and restoration presented in HB 1599. Unlike HB 1599 which has nearly 50 sponsors, some of whom sit on this committee, HB 1822 has, according to the bill’s webpage, only one sponsor Rep Joe Don McGaugh. We are disturbed that such an unsupported bill has the potential to derail OBC access and adoption reform in Missouri.

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Bastard Nation Action Alert Indiana. Urgent! Keep adoptee rights alive in Indiana. Write House to oppose SB91 Not an OBC access bill.

CALLING ALL BASTARDS!

INDIANA SB 91 ACTION ALERT
You do NOT have to reside in Indiana to take part!

Senate Bill 91, sponsored by Senator Brent Steele, will be voted on the House floor very soon. It has already passed the Senate and was voted out  the House Juduciary Committee today (Feb 15, 2016).   Your urgent action is needed, now! Please, contact all members of the House now  and asked them to defeat SH 91.

SH 91 is NOT an adoptee rights bill It does not restore OBC access and strenghtens state-control of our records and histores. (see “Mandates” below for details.)

Current State Law:

The birth certificate

IC 31-19-13-1 states that the court, adoptive parents or an adoptee may request a birth certificate not be sealed.

IC 31-19-13-4 If a decision to amend the birth certificate is made then each local health department seals the original birth certificate OR surrenders the original birth certificate to the State Health Department, as the Department directs.

IC 31-19-13-3 If an adoption is annulled or revoked then the original birth certificate is restored.

IC  31-19-13-2 A sealed original birth certificate may only be INSPECTED in accordance with IC 31-19-17 through 31-19-25.5

 

The Registry

 Indiana-born adoptees adopted on or after Jan. 1,1994 (and 21 or over) are required to join the Indiana Adoption Medical History Registry.  (IAMHR)  If ALL first parents listed on the original birth certificate (OBC)  join the registry with proof that they are who is listed on the obc, the adoptee will receive “identifying information.”  The adoptee does not, however, receive a copy of the obc. The adoptive parents of Indiana born adoptees adopted after Jan. 1, 1994 (and under 21)  are required to join the  Indiana IAMHR and all first parents listed on the obc  are required join the registry with proof that the parent is who is listed on the obc and without signing a Disclosure Veto (DV) to obtain access. Indiana-born adoptees born before Jan. 1, 1994 do not have access to the “identifying information”. In addition, Indiana-born adoptees born after Jan. 1, 1994 have access to pre-adoptive sibling information. Everyone who joins the registry must show proof of age (21 or older) or have an adult ( 21 or over) register in their place.

SB 91 link: https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2016/bills/senate/91#document-83cd0b38

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Bastard Nation Action Alert Missouri: Stop attempt to kill adoptee rights in MO. Oppose HB 1822. Support HB 1599

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ACTION ALERT

OPPOSE MISSOURI HOUSE BILL 1822

SUPPORT MISSOUORI HOUSE BILL 1599

 

The State of Missouri currently has two original birth certificate access bills under consideration:

House Bill 1599 is a “clean” bill that allows unrestricted access to the original birth certificate the same as the non-adopted. The bill includes a Contact Preference Form. House Bill 1599 is currently awaiting Hearing in the Select Committee on Social Services.  We SUPPORT House Bill 1599!


House Bill 1822 includes a disclosure veto (non-release of information form) and a redaction provision. The bill has received its Committee on Children and Youth Hearing. It will be presented for vote on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. If passed, the bill proceeds to the Select Committee on Social Services.
We OPPOSE House Bill 1822!

The two bills are in direct competition and the two bills are allowed to merge if both are in the “Select” Committee at the same time.  

Your IMMEDIATE action is required!

 

HB 1822 MUST BE STOPPED BEFORE IT CAN PASS INTO THE SELECT COMMITTEE!!!

HB 1822 links:


BILL SUMMARY: http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/sumpdf/HB1822I.pdf

BILL TEXT: http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills161/billpdf/intro/HB1822I.PDF


SUMMARY: HB 1822 (McGaugh) is a re-introduction of HB 1112 (2015 session).

This bill changes the law regarding the release of certain adoption records. If the state registrar releases a copy of an original birth certificate upon presentation of a court order entered in accordance with the provisions of the bill, the state registrar must issue an uncertified copy of the unaltered original birth certificate. The copy of the birth certificate must have the following statement printed on it: “For informational purposes only – not to be used for establishing identity.” If the court discloses identifying information under the provisions of the bill, the court must also order release of copies of the following records of the adoption to the adopted adult or the adopted adult’s lineal descendants if the adopted adult is deceased:
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Bastard Nation Action Alert: Indiana SB 91 will be heard in House Judiciary Committee on Feb. 15, 2016. Contact now! Opopose! This is not an OBC access or a clean bill.

CALLING ALL BASTARDS!

INDIANA SB 91 ACTION ALERT
You do NOT have to reside in Indiana to take part!

Senate Bill 91, sponsored by Senator Brent Steele, is scheduled for its first House Judiciary Committee hearing on February 15,  2016.  The committee will meet at 10:00 AM in Room 156-D. Your urgent action is needed, now! Please, contact the House Judiciary Committee and urge them to vote NO on SB 91

Current State Law:


The birth certificate

IC 31-19-13-1 states that the court, adoptive parents or an adoptee may request a birth certificate not be sealed.

IC 31-19-13-4 If a decision to amend the birth certificate is made then each local health department seals the original birth certificate OR surrenders the original birth certificate to the State Health Department, as the Department directs.

IC 31-19-13-3 If an adoption is annulled or revoked then the original birth certificate is restored.

IC  31-19-13-2 A sealed original birth certificate may only be INSPECTED in accordance with IC 31-19-17 through 31-19-25.5

 

The Registry

 Indiana-born adoptees adopted on or after Jan. 1,1994 (and 21 or over) are required to join the Indiana Adoption Medical History Registry.  (IAMHR)  If ALL first parents listed on the original birth certificate (OBC)  join the registry with proof that they are who is listed on the obc, the adoptee will receive “identifying information.”  The adoptee does not, however, receive a copy of the obc. The adoptive parents of Indiana born adoptees adopted after Jan. 1, 1994 (and under 21)  are required to join the  Indiana IAMHR and all first parents listed on the obc  are required join the registry with proof that the parent is who is listed on the obc and without signing a Disclosure Veto (DV) to obtain access. Indiana-born adoptees born before Jan. 1, 1994 do not have access to the “identifying information”. In addition, Indiana-born adoptees born after Jan. 1, 1994 have access to pre-adoptive sibling information. Everyone who joins the registry must show proof of age (21 or older) or have an adult ( 21 or over) register in their place.

SB 91 link: https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2016/bills/senate/91#document-83cd0b38

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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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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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