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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NEW YORK Bastard Nation Letter to NY Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried: Return A2901A to Health Committee for Hearing

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Today New York Adoption Equality requested the public to fax New York Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried to return A2901A to his committee for a hearing.  The amended bill which is basically a brand new bill,  gutted the meaning and intent of the original A2901 and did not receive a hearing or vote.

Please join us and send your own faxes to Asssemblyman Gottfried and help us kill this reactionary bill which has no support, zip, nada, from adoptee rights activists, adoption reform advocates, adoption professionals, or social service agencies.  Contact information is included in the header.  Don’t let your rights be destroyed by a bill theta is 60 years behind the times!

Below is the text of the fax we sent tonight.

 

From:  Bastard Nation: the Adoptee Rights Organization
To: Richard Gottfried, Chair, Health Committee
Fax 518-455-5939
Date: June 17, 2016
RE: A2901A

We write to day to request that A2901A be returned to the Health Committee for a new hearing.

A2901A is an amended version of A2901, a bill that would have restored the right of all adopted adults born in the State of New York to access their original birth certificates (OBC) with no restrictions or redactions.The amended bill is not a matter of clean- up language or simple additions or subtractions. Instead it strips the original bill and adoptees of their right of OBC access, replacing it with a highly bureaucratized system of court orders, permission slips, and fiscal irresponsibility that infantilizes and restricts the rights of New York’s adopted adults. Incredibility, it mandates that judges take into consideration the “feelings” of an adopted adult’s adoptive parents when deciding to release the OBC! Another section mandates that the state track down the birthparents of adoptees who apply for their OBC, yet no fiscal note is attached to pay for these searches, which we estimate at today’s going search rate would cost over $7 million the first year alone.
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NEW YORK: Bastard Nation Action Alert to NY Senate. Vote NO on S5964-2015

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BASTARD NATION ACTION ALERT!!

NEW YORK’S CLEAN BILL AMENDED!

Now mandates:

redacted birth certificates

court order releases

first parent searches

adoptive parent permission

Call Assemblymember David Weprin and State Senator Andrew Lanza TODAY, NO ON NEW YORK BILL S5964-2015!

Bastard Nation OPPOSES New York Bill S5964-2015, which contains amended language that violates both the rights and dignity of New York’s adult adoptees. Bill S5964-2015 creates a robust Disclosure Veto system administered by the adoption court system, would mandate confidential intermediary searches by the state, as well as require judges to consider the wishes of the adoptive parents of adult adoptees when deliberating granting access to requests for copies of original birth certificates by adult adoptees. The amended language is an affront to all adoptees.

Both New York sponsoring organizations have issued statements in opposition to the amended bill. So, we join them in urging you to call the primary sponsors of Bill S5964-2015 and its Assembly companion bill at their Albany offices,

Tell him, briefly and politely, that as an adult adoptee you OPPOSE the bill as amended, and urge him to pull it.
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NEW YORK: Bastard Nation’s Letter to the New York Assembly, Do Not Pass A2901A-2015

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Note:  A similar letter has been sent to the New York Senate.

Dear______

As the Chair of Bastard Nation: the Adoptee Rights Organization, the largest adoptee civil rights organization in North America, I am writing today to urge you to vote DO NOT PASS on A2901A-2015.

This bill should not be confused with its predecessor A2901, which was a clean bill that restored the right of all adopted adults born in the State of New York to access, without restriction and redaction, their own original birth certificates (OBC). This new amended version strips the original bill and adoptees of that right of access, replacing it with a highly bureaucratized system of court orders, permission slips, and fiscal irresponsibility that infantilizes and restricts the rights of New York’s adopted adults. The bill increases an already in-place pattern of government-perpetrated abuse of due process and unequal treatment of adopted adults, cementing an even broader and higher wall separating our legal status from that of the not adopted.

  • A2901A mandates the release of redacted OBCs; that is, the state, on the “authorization” of a third party (a birthparent) would be allowed to mutilate the state-generated OBC by blacking out identifying information regarding the adoptee such as an original name and the name of one or both parents. It egregiously allows a birthparent who does not want to be identified to override the wishes of the birthparent who gives consent to the release of the full and accurate OBC by ordering the state remove all identifying information on the document that pertains to the “anonymous” parent. Does anyone expect a known parent to clam up and refuse to tell the adoptee the name of the “unknown” parent?
  • A2901A mandates that all OBCs be released via court order, a tremendous waste of time, paper, and money. In the seven states that recognize the right of their adopted population to their own OBCs, the adoptee only fills out a simple notarized form, sends in a nominal fee, and receives their OBC by return mail without clogging up the courts with useless regulations and paperwork.
  • 2901A mandates that birthparents be contacted if an adoptee files an OBC request. How does a government agent, tracking down a parent (usually a woman) who has broken no law protect her privacy or the privacy of the adoption process? Do A2901’s advocates even realize the cost of such a mandate? Apparently not since no fiscal note is attached to this bill. Again, a colossal waste of time, paper, and money—and a huge infringement of state power on the individual. The state is neither in the business of mediating relationships or hiding family secrets. Why should adoption and adoptees by the exception?
  • A2901A mandates that judges take the “wishes of the adoptive parents” into consideration when mulling over a court-ordered OBC release. Why in the world would their wishes play into the right of an adult adoptee to their own OBC–a government-held record public record about their own birth? I can’t think of any other instance where any adult—outside of disability issues– is subject parental approval for anything. Are New York’s adopted adults so disabled (or unhinged) that they cannot be allowed to make their own decisions?

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NEW YORK: Bastard Nation Action Alert. Vote No on A2901A-2015!

 

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BASTARD NATION ACTION ALERT!!

NEW YORK’S CLEAN BILL AMENDED!

Now mandates:

redacted birth certificates

court order releases

first parent searches

adoptive parent consents

Call Assemblymember David Weprin and State Senator Andrew Lanza TODAY, NO ON NEW YORK BILL A2901A-2015!

Bastard Nation OPPOSES New York Bill A2901A-2015, which contains amended language that violates both the rights and dignity of New York’s adult adoptees. Bill A2901A-2015 creates a robust Disclosure Veto system administered by the adoption court system, would mandate confidential intermediary searches by the state, as well as require judges to consider the wishes of the adoptive parents of adult adoptees when deliberating granting access to requests for copies of original birth certificates by adult adoptees. The amended language is an affront to all adoptees.

Both New York sponsoring organizations have issued statements in opposition to the amended bill. So, we join them in urging you to call the primary sponsors of Bill A2901A-2015 and its Senate companion bill at their Albany offices,
Tell him, briefly and politely, that as an adult adoptee you OPPOSE the bill as amended, and urge him to pull it.

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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!

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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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