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.

FAQ’s

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:

Bastard Nation Action Alert: Hawaii HB 2082, SB 2153. Clean bills for records access. Contact now! YES on both!

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Support Hawaii HB 2082 and SB 2153

Hawaii  adoptees need your help NOW!

HB 2082:  March 1, 2016  House Floor Vote

SB 2152:  March 2, 2016:  Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee (JDL). Hearing

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HB 2082

On 2/23/16, HB 2082, an adoptee access bill which would give adult adoptees unconditional access to the court file pertaining to their adoption, passed unanimously (one excused, one ‘yes with reservations’) out of the Hawaii House of Representatives Judiciary committee.

That bill will now be going to the full House for a floor vote.

Go here to read the bill, as passed.

Please email the House of Representatives and ask them for their YES vote when the bill comes up for a floor vote. Please personally email sponsors Representatives Lee, Cullen, and Yamane, and thank them for their sponsorship and continued support. While their contact information is contained below, they are NOT included in the blast, quick email list, and need to be individually emailed.

House Contact

Aquino ,  Henry J.C. (D)
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 419
Phone 808-586-6520
Fax 808-586-6521
E-Mail: repaquino@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Belatti ,  Della Au (D)
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 426
Phone 808-586-9425
Fax 808-586-9431
E-Mail: repbelatti@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Brower ,  Tom (D)
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 315
Phone 808-586-8520
Fax 808-586-8524
E-Mail: repbrower@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Cachola ,  Romy M. (D)
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 435
Phone 808-586-6010
Fax 808-586-6011
E-Mail: repcachola@Capitol.hawaii.gov

 

Choy ,  Isaac W. (D)
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 404
Phone 808-586-8475
Fax n/a
E-Mail: repchoy@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Creagan ,  Richard P. (D)
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 331
Phone 808-586-9605
Fax 808-586-9608
E-Mail: repcreagan@Capitol.hawaii.gov

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They Don’t Care about our Rights: Lies deformers tell

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Over the last few days, Bastard Nation has been attacked by a group of deform advocates, mostly from Missouri.  Their clean bill,which we supported, went south with them in the driver’s seat, and they’re blaming BN because they lost control of their bill.

The Missouri situation is quite baffling. Missouri Open Records Movement, (SMARM) had a beautiful clean bill pass out of committee.  A Bad Bill backed by Catholic Charities and Lutheran Family Services was introduced to counter the Good Bill.  It, too, passed out of committee.  According to SMARM, Bastard Nation’s sin (along with CalOpen, which for some reason isn’t getting the heat we are) ), was to send out an Action Alert and contact leggies to ask for a Do Not Pass on the Bad Bill,  According to SMARM, supporting the Good Bill and opposing the Bad Bill “confused” lawmakers!  Seriously!…Seriously.  Apparently somebody figured if the Bad Bill, backed by SMARM’s big-bucked mortal enemies  that pounded them each session for decades would just melt into the floor if nobody brought it up with lawmakers. Now Missouri adoptees are confronted with a Bad Bill amended by disclosure vetoes and other smarmy attacks on the rights and integrity of Class Bastard. SMARM groused for two minutes, then embraced the bill as “the best it will get.” Their solution is to bring a class action suit.

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HAWAI’I” Clean HB 2982 records access bill passes out of committee

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While Indiana and Missouri continue to fail, flail and founder on the Sea of Deform, the Hawai’i legislature took the first step yesterday to restore adoption records access with no restrictions to all Hawai’i-born adoptees.  In a vote of 13-o-1 (absent) the House Judiciary Committee voted Do Pass on clean HB 2982.  All testimony supported the bill with no opposition either submitted or addressed in person. The bill is sponsored by Hawaii adoptee Chris Lee (D-51).  It now goes to the House Floor for a vote. A companion Senate bill may be introduced as early as next week.

Bastard Nation submitted testimony and  BN Special Legislative Adviser Shea Grimm flew into Honolulu to give her personal  testimony.

The Hawai’i legislature has a comprehensive, easy-to-navigate bill page so instead of posting our testimony here as we usually do,  we’re posting a link to the bill page so you can follow its progression.  Click on “Testimony” in the right column to download all testimony.  If you just want to go straight to the testimony go here.

Here’s a snip, from each statement:

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Bastard Nation Action Alert: Missouri 1599 amended and deformed. Oppose today!

Bastard Nation Action Alert: 

Clean HB 1599 Deformed – Turned restricted

Stop Missouri HB 1599

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As Bastard Nation predicted, the once clean, unrestricted HB 1599, that would permit all Missouri adoptees access to their original birth certificate (OBC) upon request has been amended into a restricted bill that upholds the state’s sealed records system, original birth certificate redaction, and a spurious right to “birthparent anonymity.”  The vote has not been placed on the House calendar, but we need to get our letters in quickly. Please ask the Missouri House to reject this vandalized bill.

Background

On February 9, 2016 the clean, unrestricted  OBC access bill, HB 1599, with nearly 50 sponsors, passed the Missouri House Children and Families Committee. That bill was amended before it passed out of committee to include a Contact Preference Form (CPF) which did not restrict release of the OBC.  Bastard Nation did not oppose that amendment.

On February 18, 2016, HB 1822, a blocker bill promoted by Catholic Charities and Lutheran Family and Children’s Services with one sponsor, restricting OBC access through redaction and disclosure vetoes was heard and passed by the same committee. Due to Missouri’s unique legislative process both bills, because they covered the same subject, were sent to the House SelectStnading Committee on Social Services where they were “combined” or merged into a totally different HB 1599 with no recourse to additional hearings or committee votes.  The bill was “merged” on Thursday, February 18 and will now go to the House Floor for a vote. It has not been heard yet in the Senate.

The new deformed HB 1599 is supported by Missouri Adoption Records Effort (MARM) that argues “it’s as good as it will get” in Missouri. Bastard Nation and CalOpen have withdrawn their support and are now working to defeat the measure.

New HB 1599

The original HBH 1599 has been gutted.  Restrictions listed in the deformed HB 1599 are:

  • A misnamed “contact veto form “’ (CPF) that acts as a Disclosure Veto (DV). If a parent indicates they do not want to be contacted, an intact true copy of the OBC will not be released to the adoptee.
  • If a misnamed “contact preference form” is submitted to the state requesting that no contact be made, that birth parent’s “identifying information” will be removed from the OBC . A redacted OBC will be issued to the adoptee in lieu of a true copy of the OBC. (The bill does not define “identifying information, so it’s reasonable to conclude that the redacted information will be more than just the redaction of a birth parent names).
  • If both birth parents listed on the OBC file a DV requesting that no contact be made,  the adoptee will receive no OBC.
  • A true copy of an OBC will be issued only if an adoptee who is DV’d, submits proof that the birthparent is deceased. How an adoptee can prove a birthparent is deceased if names are unknown is not addressed.
  • Adoptees born before 1941 are exempt from the DV provision under the assumption that birthparents are deceased

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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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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

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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