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California sealed original birth certificates to adoptees in 1936.

Read about current OBC access legislation  with links to bills and bill history at our Legislative Update pages:  2013, 2014, 2015.

 

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California Adoption Law and here.

Citations:

  • Ann. Code § 9-9-504; 9-9-505  access to identifying info
  • Access to Original Birth Certificate is Citation: Ann. Code § 20-18-406

Official California Legislative Information

California Activist Resources:

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California Open No-Veto resolution

History of Sealed Records in California  (short) by Janine Baer

Read the entire history of sealed recordes in California in Growing in the Dark: Adoption Secrecy and Its Consequences by Bastard Nation Founding Foundling Janine M Baer.

 

 

Open Records Legislation:  Impact on the Right to Privacy Under the California Constitution – Nina Greeley (Submitted to the Counsel for the Assembly Judiciary  Committee in connection with HB AB 372, SApril 21, 2009)

1961 Hubbard Appellate Court Ruling (John  Rockefeller McCormick Hubbard v  a minor et al, Petitioners

Current Access Law

02705. All records and information specified in this article, other than the newly issued birth certificate, shall be available only upon the order of the superior court of the county of residence of the adopted child or the superior court of the county granting the order of adoption.

No such order shall be granted by the superior court unless a verified petition setting forth facts showing the necessity of the order has been presented to the court and good and compelling cause is shown for the granting of the order. The clerk of the superior court shall send a copy of the petition to the State Department of Social Services and the department shall send a copy of all records and information it has concerning the adopted person with the name and address of the natural parents removed to the court. The court must review these records before making an order and the order should so state. If the petition is by or on behalf of an adopted child who\has attained majority, these facts shall be given great weight, butthe granting of any petition is solely within the sound discretion of the court.

The name and address of the natural parents shall be given to the petitioner  only if he or she can demonstrate that the name and address, or either of them, are necessary to assist him or her in establishing a legal right

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Honk if You’re My Daddy! , January 2, 2006

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Those of us who are adopted know that Who’s Your Daddy ain’t nothin’ next to the ultimate reality show: Adoption: Secrets and Lies where everyday normal, tax-paying citizens who just happen to be adopted face down the corrupt adoption system, negotiate a gauntlet of paternalistic and “protective” laws, hypocritical adoption agencies, do-good adoption “experts,” bored judges, insensitive bureaucrats, sell-out politicians, adoption trade lobbyists, religious zealots, and snotty records clerks that even the brightest program developers and Fox producers couldn’t dream up. What is more perverse? Who’s Your Daddy or a public policy that steals identities and locks up the birth records of adopted citizens for “they’re own good” and replaces them with forged documents. Marley Greiner, Executive Chair, Bastard Nation. (Photo by David Winge)

While the rest of AdoptionLand wrung its collective hands over how the Fox-flop Who’s Your Daddy would “destroy” adoption and commodify adoptees, Bastard Nation saw the show as an an opportunity to skewer sealed records. Local members of CUB and the Adoptee Rights Organizing Project joined us  in an “educational picket” at Fox-TV at Century City in Los Angeles. Read Bastard Nation Executive Chair Marley Greiner’s statement.

 

California 2000 – 2001 (Reconstructed from Internet Archives)

CakOpen 2001 - Bastard Nation partner

CalOpen 2001 – Bastard Nation partner

Marleyl Greiner, Exe. Chair Bastard Nation speaking at AB 1312 rally, California State House, Sacramento

Marley Greiner, Exe. Chair Bastard Nation speaking at AB 1349 rally, California State House, Sacramento .January 2002

 

Bastards and CalOpen, January 2002, State House ,Sacramento' Far left: Marley Greiner; , 6th from left Chaz Fillius; 2nd from right Nina Greeley who testified in favor of bill

Bastards and CalOpen, January 2002, State House ,Sacramento

 Bastards on the Bay Conference, Radison Mayhako Hotel, San Francisco, July 17-19, 1998

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We’re just a bunch of friendly San Francisco Bastards: Denise Castalucci, Jim Ansbro, Damsel Plum, Ron Morgan

 Bastard Nation Educates ABA on the Uniform Adoption Act, San Francisco, August 2-3 1997

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Bastard Nation Goes to Hollywood, 1996-1997

 In 1996-11997 Bastard Nation sponsored a series of nationwide open records events in conjunction with the award-winning Oscar-nominated film Secrets and Lies.  Many were held in California. In March 1997 we attended the Oscar ceremony.  Click the link above for our Secrets and Lies page  that includes lots of links to the action.

San Francisco - Jim Ansbro

San Francisco – Jim Ansbro

Damsel Plum – San Franciscp

 

BN Co-founder Damsel Plum and Secrets & Lies actress– Beverly Hills

 

Mike Leigh, director, Secrets and Lies

Mike Leigh, director, Secrets & Lies– Beverly Hills

 

 

 

 

Updated August 15 2015

 

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Proud Bastard Nation Partner: CalOpen

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Proud Bastard Nation Partner: Indiana Open Access

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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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