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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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: Hawaii HB 2082. A clean bill for records access. Contact now! Vote Do Pass!

Bastard Nation Action Alert 

Support Hawaii HB 2082

Hawaii  adoptees need your help NOW!

February 23, 2016:  Hearing scheduled for House Judiciary Committee,

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On 1/25/16, HB 2082 was introduced in the Hawaii House. The original bill was garbage with a mishmash of tiers and disclosure vetoes, and kept in place Hawaii’s current complicated and outdated confidential intermediary system.

Surprisingly, in committee, after written testimony by Adoption Circle of Hawaii asking for amendments, the bill was essentially entirely replaced with the provisions of SB. No. 2153, which gives adult adoptees access to the entire court file upon request. It also gives “natural parents” access to the original birth certificate.  HB 2082 as amended passed out of committee on 2/12/16 and was referred to the Judiciary committee where it will be heard on 2/23/16 at 2:00pm HST.

Some legislators, including the Vice Chair of the Judiciary committee, Joy San Buenaventura,  are raising the typical “birthparent confidentiality” concerns. Hawaii is interesting in that existing law actually allows the prospective adoptive parents to request that the entire file remain unsealed at the time of the adoption. Many legislators seem unaware of this provision, but it certainly calls into question the notion that the State has promised birthparent “confidentiality”.

Go here to read the bill, as originally introduced and as amended. http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=HB&billnumber=2082&year=2016

You may also register with the legislative site for free and then use the “Submit testimony” button to submit testimony in advance of the 2/23/16 hearing.  Please only submit testimony if you are a Hawaii adoptee or triad member, Hawaii resident, or if you have a position as a representative of a group (such as a search and support group, adoptee rights group, etc). Hawaii residents and triad members are also encouraged to call the Committee members to simply express support of the bill.

If none of those apply to you, you are still encouraged to contact the House Judiciary Committee members prior to the hearing to express your support of HB 2082, as amended, via both email and Twitter.

Committee Chair:

Committee Chair:
Karl Rhoads
phone: 808-586-6180


Joy A. San Buenaventura
phone: 808-586-6530

Committee Members:

Della Au Belatti
phone: 808-586-9425

Mark Nakashima phone:

Gregg Takayama
phone: 808-586-6340

Tom Brower

Richard P. Creagan
phone: 808-586-9605

Mark J. Hashem
phone: 808-586-6510

Derek S.K. Kawakami
phone: 808-586-8435

Dee Morikawa
phone: 808-586-6280

Justin H. Woodson
phone: 808-586-6210

Cynthia Thielen phone:

Bob McDermott phone:

Chris Lee (he’s an adoptee and introduced the bill) phone: 808-586-9450 repclee@Capitol.hawaii.gov

Quick email list with commas (please bcc)

repclee@Capitol.hawaii.gov,repmcdermott@Capitol.hawaii.gov, repthielen@Capitol.hawaii.gov, repwoodson@Capitol.hawaii.gov, repmorikawa@Capitol.hawaii.gov, repkawakami@Capitol.hawaii.gov, rephashem@Capitol.hawaii.gov, repcreagan@Capitol.hawaii.gov, repbelatti@Capitol.hawaii.gov, repbrower@Capitol.hawaii.gov, reptakayama@Capitol.hawaii.gov, repnakashima@Capitol.hawaii.gov, repsanbuenaventura@Capitol.hawaii.gov, reprhoads@Capitol.hawaii.gov


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What Would Orwell Do? Who’s confused in Missouri? (HB 1599 and HB 1822)

contradictionMissouri HB 1822, a blocker bill, intended to gut the clean OBC access HB 1599  inexplicably passed the House Committee on Children and Families Tuesday afternoon–in direct contradiction to its passage last week of HB 1599, its exact opposite. Due to Missouri’s unique legislative process, both bills are headed for the House Select Committee for review, where members can  pick and choose parts from both bills and combine them into a new bill without recourse to hearings or committee votes, to be sent to the House floor for a final vote.  HB 1599 and unrestricted OBC access will likely die on the vine.

Until a couple weeks ago there was a good chance that HB 1599 would pass unscathed. Those of us with Missouri experience waited for the boot to drop. And drop it did with HB 1822, an ugly restrictive iron re-boot of last year’s HB 1112 backed by traditional anti-adoptee industrialists Catholic Charities and Lutheran Family Services who for as long as we can remember have either perverted or killed every bill in the state with the least hint of OBC relief. HB 1822 has only one sponsor while HB 1599 has nearly 50. That adoption corpos got their bill passed out of committee speaks for itself.

OrwellWhat Would Orwell Do?

The Missouri response to HB 1822 is a bit of a mystery. The two “access” groups in the state, Missouri Adoptee Rights Effort (MORE)  and Missouri  Adoptee Rights Movement (MARM) virtually ignored it, with only a blip on their FB pages. Neither issued Action Alerts, even after CalOpen and later Bastard Nation issued their own alerts.

In response to the CalOpen alert and a query from CalOpen director Jean Ulrich if MARM intended to issue its own Action Alert, MARM posted:  There is no need to cause any scenes at this time. The committee is currently communicating with our sponsor and we have complete faith in his ability to represent us. (The Action Alert  and discussion appear to have been removed from the MARM page. BN did not publish it’s Action Alert on MARM)

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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.


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 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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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

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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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