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 Secondary Action Alert: NY S4845B. URGENT TWITTER! Vote Do Not Pass!

BASTARD NATION SECONDARY ACTION ALERT

New York /S4845B

URGENT TWITTER ALERT!

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June 19, 2017

New York adoptees need your help today

Please contact all members of New York Assembly and Senate today!

DO NOT PASS S04845B

Vote scheduled for next week Monday in Assembly then on to Senate if passed. Session closes Wednesday June 21, 2017

Original Action Alert

Below is the urgent Action Alert issued on June 19, 2017 by New York Adoption Equality. NYAE is not a partner or otherwise affiliated with Bastard Nation, but we support opposition to these bills.

In an effort to be proactive, NYSAE has issued a secondary Action Alert for the NYS Senate. PLEASE Tweet!!!

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 Highland Mills, NY
This is a secondary Action Alert; although no less important than the first.

SENATE ACTION ALERT re: #S04845B

Members who Tweet!!!

NYS Adopted Adults aren’t out of the race yet. We need to start tackling the Senate. Please take some time to send the following tweets to NYS Senators. The list of Senators’ Twitter Handles is below the tweets. Simply copy and paste the following tweets and add their twitter handles to the end. Each tweet below represents a different group of people. Pick one, alternate them, whichever just TWEET PLEASE!! It is best to take a break and change it up after every 3rd or 4th tweet so as not to end up in Twitter Time Out.

Thank You!!

Would you sign S04845B if the word adoptee was replaced with #DisabledAmerican? #S04845B is discriminatory #AdopteeRights

Would you sign S04845B if the word adoptee was replaced with #NativeAmerican? #S04845B is discriminatory #AdopteeRights

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New York: Used Bill of Goods–a video by Greg Luce

This is not 1977!

Our friend and Bastard in Arms Greg Luce has created a video Used Bill of Goods– on New York A3056/S4845b. Earlier he explicated  on “adoptee rights” in New York  in The Nutso World of New York Adoptee Rights. If you read this and still support this piece-a-crap bill, may you be vetoed and sent to a judge.

Read about these bills in the Bastard Nation Action Alert  and on the BN Legislative page.

For more Lucferian thoughts on our rights or lack thereof, please go to Greg’s Adoptee Rights Law Center and his blog.

Used Bill of Goods

The New York assembly is pushing a used bill of goods that it calls "adoptee rights." Contact your elected New York officials to say No to 5036B.

Posted by Adoptee Rights Law on Thursday, June 15, 2017

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Bastard Nation Action Alert: NY A5036B/S4845B. URGENT! Vote Do Not Pass!

 

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New York A5036B/S4845B

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June 15, 2017

New York  adoptees need your help today

Please contact all members of New York Assembly and Senate today!

DO NOT PASS A5036B/S04845B

Vote scheduled for next week  Monday in Assembly then on to Senate if passed. Session closs Wednesday June 20, 2017

Below is the urgent Action Alert issued on June 15, 2017 by New York Adoption Equality. NYAE is not a partner or otherwise affiliated with Bastard Nation, but we support opposition to these bills.

Bastard Nation Comments

 Regressive A5063b  (companion S 4845b) passed the Rules Committee in the Assembly today and is poised to pass in both houses next week before the session ends.

The always dirty bill  has gone through several amendments. It’s currrent form:

  • Adopted person age 18 or older can apply to the court to request a CERTIFIED copy of their long form OBC
  • When application is received, the court provides the DOH with the identifying information of the birt parent or parents The DOH has 120 days to contact the parent(s).
  • If birthparents want “confidentiality” the adopted person gets a certified but redacted OBC.
  • If two parents are listed but only one is able to be contacted, it is up to the court’s discretion whether to release the other parent’s info.
  • If parent cannot be contacted or does not respond to the DOH, it will be up to the court’s discretion if it would be detrimental to the welfare of the birthparents to have their names on the OBC.
  • There is a “contact preference” form for parents who consent to the release of identifying information which includes contact through a CI, agree to contact or do not contact me.
  • Confidential Intermediary  oiption contains no language about fiscal responsibility. Who pays for it?
  • Medical history forms will be given to the birth parent as well.
  • The DOH will widely disseminate information concerning this law for birth parents to see.

In addition: an earlier amendment that would have made unrestricted access propective for those born on or after the effective date of the law was removed.

For more iunformation on this bill and others go to the Bastard Nation Legislative page.

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New York State Adoptee Equality
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!!! URGENT ACTION ALERT !!!!!

A5036B/S04845B passed the Assembly Rules Committee today, 6/15/17, unanimously. It is poised to go to the floor for a vote next week and is expected to be passed in BOTH houses.

We need EVERYONE to call and email your Representatives (in the House and the Senate) urging them to vote NO on A5036B/S04845B for the reasons contained in the cut and paste email found below. … Continue Reading

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Bastards in the Room, Guest Blogger Greg Luce

A few weeks ago the Donaldson Adoption Institute, which has a long history of saying one thing and doing another with our rights, announced its plan to get involved in Open Records activism.  Its new project is called 50 States 1 Movement/ OBC2020. The reaction among genuine adoptee equality /open records activists was not enthusiastic. Several made personal or organizational statements and critiques, and Bastard Nation will publish ours shortly. (We will include links to those comments with our statement.)  Apparently surprised by the blowback, DAI stirred the pot some more by issuing a “clarification statement.” Unfortunately for DAI, more blowback blew back in their face.

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Late in May Greg Luce, adoptee, attorney, and founder of The Adoptee Rights Law Center posted a blog, What’s the Adoption Institute Up To? in which he questioned DAI’s specific interest in adoptee rights activism and its actual position on unrestricted access to OBCs and other publicly held adoption records  On June 5,  Luce, in response to DAI’s clarification (which seems to have been a response to Luce’s question)  published  Bastards in the Room where he detailed his concerns and DAI’s seeming reluctance to take a hardline against compromise and deform.   An important and lively  discussion  between  Bastards and Deformist Babysteppers followed.

Bastards in the Room reflects our feelings so well that we asked Luce, who is an Indie Bastard not affiliated with BN,  permission to repost it here, and he  agreed.  Bastards in the Room  comments on his page are now closed, but we urge you to go directly to and  read the very clear demarcation between Bastard Nation and allies and deformers.  We welcome discussion here.

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I recently spoke with April Dinwoodie and Kim Paglino of the Donaldson Adoption Institute. It was a good discussion but, despite my pressing, I did not receive direct answers to three critical questions I had asked earlier.

Our conversation was similar to interactions I have with lawyers on cases where obvious disagreements exist but, for the most part, we agree on many of the basic facts, remain cordial if not friendly to each other, and retain a solid understanding of all of the relevant issues. Such conversations are almost always circular, people agreeing on certain fundamental things but not necessarily staking out anything more substantive. This approach, while understandable, sometimes reveals more after first glance, particularly if direct answers to posed questions are avoided. It is as if you define things by the absence of color or content, the same as if you draw a moon by coloring an indigo sky around it, leaving a blank white orb on the page. It is through the emptiness of an answer that we sometimes obtain the truth.

And here’s what I can cull from that blank white moon in front of me now:

Donaldson cannot commit to unrestricted OBC access for all adult adoptees, unequivocally, without compromise. If Donaldson could, it would just say it. But it won’t. Instead, Donaldson’s answer is purposely fuzzy and pliable. And this is consistent with how Donaldson has viewed the fight for unrestricted OBC access in the past as well as how it views its new legislative “leadership” role on the issue today: not so much as a staunch and uncompromising civil rights and legislative advocate for adoptees but instead a facilitator of a flexible approach that could resonate well with “all members of the extended family of adoption.” It is a think tank and collaboratist approach, and think tank is a phrase that April and Kim specifically used in their conversation with me and in their most recent blog post. There is nothing wrong with a think tank—Donaldson has produced solid thinktanky things, like testimony and research and policy papers that many of us have used in political and legal advocacy. But is Donaldson committing to lead on adoptee civil rights by maintaining a firm and uncompromising political and legislative stance, specifically whenever compromise is pursued? No. Donaldson is not committing to that. Not only has it never committed to that, but it can’t.

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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

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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:

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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