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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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 S1195/H 1163. DO PASS out of Joint Committee on Public Safety


BASTARD NATION ACTION ALERT:  MASSACHUSETTS

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May 10, 2017

Massachusetts  adoptees need your help today!

Please contact all members of

the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health today

Bastard Nation has received notice from OBC for MA that on May 16, 2017 that clean Massachusetts S 1195 and H 1163 will be heard in the Joint Committee on Public Health These bills if passed would empty the current Black Hole in Massachusetts access law and create unrestricted  OBC access for all Massachusetts adoptees.  Currently only those adopted in Massachusetts on or before July 17, 1974 and on after January 1, 2018 have unrestricted access. Although similar bills received large bipartisan support last session, they never reached a floor vote and died when the session ended.

These are not Bastard Nation bills, and we have not been working with the OBC MA organization.  We did,  however, submit  testimony in support of the bills last session and will this session.  

Bills

S 1195

H 1163

Hearing Information

Date: May 16, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM

Location:  24 Beacon Hill, Boston MA, Hearing Room A2 (Directions)

Hearing Details here

We urge you to:

1) Write, e-mail or call members of the Joint Committee on Public Health and urge them to support these bills and report out favorably.  Share your personal and/or professional reasons for supporting access to original birth certificates.

2) Ask friends and family to contact Joint Committee members.  The more legislators hear from constituents, the greater our chance of success!

3) Contact your legislators and ask for their support in moving these bills forward.

If you are in Massachusetts, we urge you to testify in person before the Joint Committee, If you cannot attend submit written testimony to Budget and Legislative Director Shannon More at:

Shannon.Moore@masenate.gov

Testimony rules are here.

Oral testimony is limited to about 3 minutes.

 

Contacts:  

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Bastard Nation Letter of Support for Texas SB 329

 Bastard Nation: The Adoptee Rights Organization
P. O. Box 9959 | Spokane, WA 99209 | Phone 614-641-0294

April 24, 2017

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 restrictions such as the Affidavit of Non-Disclosure/Disclosure Vetoes (DV), Contact Vetoes (CV), white-outs, or any other form of redaction or restricted and conditional access to a true copy of the original birth certificate.

We are happy to support passage of SB 329, an inclusive bill that when passed:

  • Restores the right of OBC access to all adopted Texans 18 and over.

  • Requires the state registrar of vital statistics (state registrar) to provide, upon written request, a non-certified copy of a person’s original birth certificate to a person who was adopted or, if the adopted person is deceased, to an adult descendant, adult sibling, surviving spouse, or adopted parent of the adopted person if certain conditions are met.

  • Contains a genuine Contact Preference Form with no veto or disclosure provisions

We urge you to support this bill and pass SB 329.

Our letter is divided in three parts (1) general comments regarding sealed records and OBCs, and privacy v anonymity, (2) the consequences of continued sealing of records and (3) a short conclusion.

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Bastard Nation Letter of Support for Connecticut 977–Restore OBC access to all CT adoptees (Lobby Day April 19, 2017

Bastard Nation | P. O. Box 9959 | Spokane, WA 99209 | Phone 614-641-0294

April 19, 2017

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 restrictions such as the Affidavit of Non-Disclosure/Disclosure Vetoes (DV), Contact Vetoes (CV), white-outs, or any other form of redaction or restricted and conditional access to a true copy of the original birth certificate.

We are happy to support passage of SB 977, an inclusive that when passed:

  • restores the right of Original Birth Certificate access to those adopted before October 1,1983. without restriction (currently only those born after that date can access)

  • permits the release of the OBC to an adoptee’s adult child or grandchild

  • clarifies that a person born outside of Connecticut, but adopted in Connecticut has the right to information on their birth certificates

  • contains a genuine confidential voluntary Contact Preference Form which lets a birthparent register a preference regarding contact without abrogating the right of access to the OBC

We urge you to support this bill and pass SB977.

Our letter is divided in three parts (1) general comments regarding sealed records and OBCs, and privacy v anonymity, (2) the consequences of continued sealing of records and (3) a short conclusion.

… Continue Reading

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Bastard Nation Action Alert Texas – Support clean SB 329 today!

SB 329 restores Original Birth Certificate access to all Texas adoptees without restriction or conditions. The bill changes dramatically the current hodgepodge of restrictions and hoops Texans are forced to navigate to receive their OBCs. It brings Texas up to the best practice standards of nine other states that support adoptee equality under law and due process through unrestricted access to OBCs for those to which they pertain

The bill:

  • Restores the right of OBC access to all adopted Texans 18 and over.   
  • Requires the state registrar of vital statistics (state registrar) to provide, upon written request, a non-certified copy of a person’s original birth certificate to a person who was adopted or, if the adopted person is deceased, to an adult descendant, adult sibling, surviving spouse, or adopted parent of the adopted person if certain conditions are met.   
  • Contains a genuine Contact Preference Form with no veto or disclosure provisions

The bill is here.  An identical House Bill, HB 547 has not been acted on yet.

SB 329 has the support of adoptee rights and adoption reform organizations in Texas and throughout the country  as well as birthparents, adoptive parents, adoption professionals, and child welfare advocates. On March 30 it passed favorably out of the Senate Committee on State Affairs and may soon appear on the Senate floor for a full vote.

Texas STAR (not affiliated with BN) has designated Monday, April 17, as SB 329  Lobby Day. Supporters will meet in person at the statehouse to discuss the bill with legislators. Those who cannot attend in person can write letters or make calls of support.

Lobby Day Time and Location:  8:30 AM-5:00 PM.  Texas State Capitol, 1100 San Jacinto. Austin, Texas 78711.  Meet in Ground Floor Rotunda.

Bastard Nation urges its members to join this effort and to call, write, or visit to express support.

If you were born and/or adopted in Texas , currently live there, or have connections to the state, please include that information with your request.

Bastard Nation is submitting written support and will post it soon.

Sample message:

If you contact the Senators on FB or email, PLEASE BE POLITE AND PROFESSIONAL Your message need not be long.

Dear Honorable Senator,

Please vote DO PASS on SB 329, The bill:

  • restores the right of Original Birth Certificate access to all Texas adoptees with no restrictions or conditions  
  • permits the release of the OBC to an adult descendant, adult sibling, surviving spouse, or adopted parent of a deceased adopted person if certain conditions are met.   
  • contains a genuine voluntary Contact Preference form similar to those found in Oregon, Alabama, New Hampshire, Maine, and Rhode Island.

Please join Rhode Island, Maine, Alabama, Oregon, New Hampshire, Colorado and Hawaii in restoring equal civil rights for adult citizens who were adopted as children. Kansas and Alaska have always had equality for ALL citizens.

Thank you,

Xxxxx

Texas Senate Contact Information

NOTE:  Sen Creighton is the bill’s author; Sen, Garcia, Menendez and Miles are co-authors, and Sen. Bettencourt, Birdwell, Estes, Lucio, Perry, Rodriguez, Selinger, Van Taylor, and Watson are sponsors.

Sen. Donna Johnson: opposed

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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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GET INVOLVED with Bastard Nation’s national and state-level advocacy efforts. Sign up or update your contact information here. We’ll be in touch.

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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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