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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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 Action Alert: Massachusetts H2045/S1144 – Support clean bill!

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Massachusetts H.2045/S.1144 recently passed out of the Joint Committee on  Public Health.  These companion bills are clean and probably the shortest OBC access bill in history. When enacted  they will close the gap between the haves and have nots, the worthies and the unworthies,  by restoring the right of all Massachusetts adoptees, without restriction, to their own OBCs.

OBC for MA is not affiliated with Bastard Nation, but we support the bills as written. OBC for MA has requested help in bringing the bill to a full vote on the House and Senate Floors, and we have issued the following action alert and contact information:


Here is the quick email and twitter list of the Massachusetts House and Senate. Please email AND tweet to show support to the adoptees in Massachusetts.  This will be a win for the good guys!

Here is a sample letter:

Dear Honorable Representative or Senator:

Please vote yes on H.2045/S.1144. Restore equal access to original birth certificates to all Massachusetts’ citizens who were adopted as children.

Thank you,

Your name


James.Arciero@mahouse.gov, Brian.Ashe@mahouse.gov, Cory.Atkins@mahouse.gov, Bruce.Ayers@mahouse.gov, Ruth.Balser@mahouse.gov, Christine.Barber@mahouse.gov, F.JayBarrows@mahouse.gov, Jennifer.Benson@mahouse.gov, Donald.Berthiaume@mahouse.gov, Nicholas.Boldyga@mahouse.gov, Garrett.Bradley@mahouse.gov, Paul.Brodeur@mahouse.gov, Antonio.Cabral@mahouse.gov, Thomas.Calter@mahouse.gov, Kate.Campanale@mahouse.gov, Linda.Campbell@mahouse.gov, James.Cantwell@mahouse.gov, Gailanne.Cariddi@mahouse.gov, Evandro.Carvalho@mahouse.gov, Gerard.Cassidy@mahouse.gov, Tackey.Chan@mahouse.gov


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Missouri HB 1599. MARM: Your silence will not protect you


My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you, Audre Lourde

Missouri Adoptee Rights Movement (MARM), continues to stonewall its members, friends, and adoptee rights activists in general on the status of HB  1599,  you, know, the “beautiful thing” bill that if passed would strip Missouri  adoptees, in the name of “adoptee rights,” of even more rights.  As I asked in the lead-up to this debacle, what would Orwell do?

After Bastard Nation partner Missouri Open (MO) published its preliminary report on the Wednesday April 13, 2016 Seniors, Families and Children committee decision to gut more of the already gutted-but-once-clean bill with adoption agency sponsored amendments, MARM remained silent. Although MO posted its statement on the amendments on April 14, 2015 at 12:08 AM  MARM did not post theirs until nearly 12 hours later (11:24 AM), and then with a big back pat and a horn toot:

From MARM:

Per Representative Phillips “My HB 1599, aka; the Mo Adoptee Rights Act passed unanimously out of the Senate Committee on Seniors, Families and Children today by a vote of 7-0! Next step is making it onto the Senate floor for debate / vote. We are getting closer and closer! Thank you Sen David Sater and members of the Committee!”

The statement was met with applause by people clearly unaware of the new amendments or who didn’t care.

When a few inquiring minds  asked about the amendments or remarked about the deform,  MARMers responded  by blaming critics of deform–aka Bastard Nation and Missouri Open–for deform:
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Breaking News from Missouri! Senate Committee Substitute for HB 1599 ALERT! The shaft continues

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Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

The other day Heather Dodd from Missouri Adoptee Rights Movement (MARM) ( told the Senate Seniors, Families and Children Committee that MARM’ s HCS HB 1599 OBC “access bill” was a “beautiful thing” even as it moved to the southern-most part of Hell and was deformed by the Missouri House from the original clean unrestricted access bill into a hot gutted mess of compromised limited access. Elsewhere Dodd and her cronies hinted that MARM’s “collaborative  effort” (with who?) and sooper secret behind-the scenes finagling would  make  things right.  Apparently, through some sleight of hand  MARM would make all the bad amendments and their Catholic Charities sponsors go away, freeing Missouri adoptees from  one of the worse OBC access laws in the country. When asked by Facebook “friends” how they intended to do this MARM attacked national and state organizations such as Bastard Nation and Pennsylvania Adoptee Rights (which has no BN affiliation) for holding out for “perfection. ” “Adoptees are dyin’!”  they proclaimed

But, when you stand for nothing, you get nothing. Yesterday, the Senate Seniors, Children and Families Committee gutted the gutted bill even more with new restrictions.  How is MARM  going to spin this “beautiful thing”– a bill that would keep some adoptees records sealed FOREVER!  (But aren’t adoptees dyin’?)  Even the the National Council for Adoption in its Piercian anti-adoptee heyday wasn’t that extreme.

We don’t have all the details yet, but this is what we do know from Bastard Nation partner Missouri Open.  As of this writing MARM has made no statement or posted updates to its public FB page.  Instead we find notices on search and support meetings. The Missouri Senate has until the end of May to move on it.

Missouri Open Statement

MISSOURI: SENATE Committee Substitute for HB 1599 ALERT!

On April 5th, HCS HB 1599 was heard in the Senate Seniors, Children and Families Committee. In opposition were: Catholic Charities/Good Shepherd Children & Family Services; Missouri Catholic Conference; and Lutheran Family & Children’s Services.

The Senate Committee did NOT like the House Committee Substitute for HB 1599, so they created a SENATE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE and on April 13 passed it unanimously.

Yes – it can and did get worse.
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Bastard Nation Action Alert, Louisiana HB 391. VOTE NO on CIs and counseling mandates

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 Vote NO on HB 391!

 Your URGENT action is needed, NOW!

LOUISIANA HOUSE BILL 391 is set to come before the Civil Law & Procedure Committee within the next couple of weeks, (No date set as of this writing).  The bill imposes undue restrictions upon adopted persons’ access to a copy of their own original birth certificate, through the implementation of a Confidential Intermediary and mandatory counseling system.

Louisiana Adoptee Rights Campaign (LARC), opposes HB 391. LARC is not a Bastard Nation partner, but we agree with the group’s assessment of the bill.

Please email the sponsor and committee members today and tell them that HB 391 is NOT an adoptee rights bill

Important:  LARC asks that at this time letters and other contacts be short and simple requests to the sponsor and the committee to VOTE NO on the bill. There is no need to write your objections in great detail, LARC also urges letter writers to be polite and respectful.

 LARC Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LouisianaAdopteeRights/

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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 Moms Club

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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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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.