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 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 lasting attitudes of shame in all areas of the adoption process. Secrets and lies abound. …

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 / …

Take Action

 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, …


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 …

Featured News:

The United States According to Bastard Nation

The BASTARDIZED states of Alabama, Alaska, Oregon, Kansas, New Hampshire Maine and Rhode Island are the only U.S. states where adult adoptees have unrestricted access to their own original birth records! Join the fight to stamp out the seal of supreme Bastardy on the rest of the nation!

Bastard Nation is dedicated to the recognition of the full human and civil rights of adult Adoptees. Toward that end, we advocate the opening to Adoptees, upon request at age of majority, of those government documents which pertain to the Adoptee’s historical, genetic, and legal identity, including the unaltered original birth certificate and adoption decree. Bastard Nation asserts that it is the right of people everywhere to have their official original birth records unaltered and free from falsification, and that the adoptive status of any person should not prohibit him or her from choosing to exercise that right. We have reclaimed the badge of bastardy placed on us by those who would attempt to shame us; we see nothing shameful in having been born out of wedlock or in being adopted. Bastard Nation does not support mandated mutual consent registries or intermediary systems in place of unconditional open records, nor any other system that is less than access on demand to the adult Adoptee, without condition, and without qualification.bnleavesnoone

Bastard Nation Letter to LA Senate Judiciary – Kill HB 1028!

NOTE:  Problem with spacing on webpage.)

BN logoDear Sen.—
I  write today as the Executive Chair of Bastard Nation: the Adoptee Rights Organization. We are the largest adoptee civil rights organization in North America with members in nearly every state, including Louisiana. In the early 2000s we worked on a bill that would have restored the right of all Louisiana adoptees to their original birth certificates (OBC). Consequently, we are aware of the state’s unique legal system which makes restoration of that right a little different than in other states. Nonetheless, we believe that Louisiana can and will recognize that all of the state’s adoptees should be returned to their pre-restricted access.
Unfortunately HB 1028 is not the vehicle to move that right forward.
In my 20 years of adoptee rights advocacy and activism, I’ve not see a bill as confusing and convoluted as HB 1028. In an email to me, one Louisiana adoptee who attended hearings in the House describes the bill as “hoops and hoops.”

UPDATE. Bastard Nation Action Alert: Stop Louisiana HB 1028 from being heard in the Senate

BN logo

This is a quickie action alert.  Please distribute freely!

Last week the Louisiana House passed 98-0  HB 1028   a very very very bad and confusing bill.  So bad, that in all my years of OBC access work I can’t remember seeing such a horrible  and convoluted bill that purported to be a “rights” bill.  You can read about the original  bill and its history on the Bastard Nation Legislative Update page.   (I’ll do the weekly update later today) after I’ve taken a couple packets of Goody.s.)  Amendments to the bill, which made it worse than it already was,  can be found here.

How bad is HB 1028?  Here is how one Louisiana adoptee who watched it from the beginning describes it:

It is basically a registry that now has automatic redactions, further restrictions on access and is based on the premise that one can get their OBC only if their parent has contacted the registry, joined it (hoops and hoops) and given their consent for release. If only one parent contacts and gives consent, then the other parent is automatically redacted. A parent can deny access completely and can redact. I could go on but it is just awful.

Senator Daniel “Danny Martini, is an adoptee-friendly legislator who understands our issues and had nothing to do with the drafting of HB 1028.  He says that if he receives enough emails and phone calls opposed to the bill that he will make sure that  HB 1028  is not pursued in the Senate.

Please contact Senator Martiny TODAY at :

 Phone: 225-342-2366

Fax: 225-377-2220

email:  martinyd@legis.la.gov

Your message need not be long. Just say that it places restrictions, automatic redactions etc on the adopted person and does not provide access.

I’m calling him now and will follow up with an email which I’ll post later.

UDATE:  HB 1028 has escaped into the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Please contact committee members, tell them why this bill is bad (ssee aabove) and to kill the bill.

Senator Ben Nevers (Chairman)
724 Avenue F
Bogalusa, LA 70427
(985) 732-6863

Senator Dan Claitor (Vice-Chairman)
7520 Perkins Road
Suite 160
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
(225) 765-0206

Senator Conrad Appel
721 Papworth Avenue
Suite 102A
Metairie, LA 70005
(866) 946-3133

Senator Jack Donahue
3030 East Causeway Approach
Mandeville, LA 70448
(985) 727-7949

Senator Daniel “Danny” Martiny (FRIEND OF THE CAUSE)
131 Airline Highway
Suite 201
Metairie, LA 70001
(504) 834-7676

Senator Edwin R. Murray
1540 N. Broad St.
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 945-0042

Senator Rick Ward, III
3741 Highway 1
Port Allen, LA 70767
(225) 246-8838


This Action Alert does not endorse the Louisiana Adoption  Support Alliance

Join me on Twitter @DBastardette


Welcome to the Battle: Green Party Adoption Reform

Green PartyOur friend James Lane has some good news!

You may remember that last year James ran for New York City Advocate on the Green Party ticket (and here)..  He is also active in the New York Unsealed Initiative campaign.

Yesterday James introduced GreenPartyAdoptionReform.com and its platform which reads in part:

Due to current laws millions of adults that were adopted as children are now being denied access to vital records regarding their births. This is a basic human right that Green Party should be committed to help in abolishing the secrets and lies that surround many adoptions around the world by creating necessary transparency between adoptees, their mothers and adoptive parents.

… Continue Reading

Personal testimony of BN Executive Chair Marley Greiner in support of PA 162

pa obcBelow is my personal testimony I submitted today in support of Pennsylvania HB 162.  The bill has already passed the House and is scheduled for a hearing tomorrow  in the Senate Committee on Aging and Youth.  I’ll keep you informed of how the hearing goes.

You can read more about the bill and how it is being sabotaged by liberal organizations in the state directly below this testimony.

… Continue Reading

Bastard Nation Action Alerts

bastard photos

Bastardly Books by Bastards and Friends



Click Here To Enter



Recent Comments

  • CES: Talk about people finding a crutch and this is my story and ...
  • lily: I 'get this' so much. As an adoptee I've been 'victim blamed...
  • Traci Kowal: Kudos to Shea and Bastard Nation for your support of us Adop...

Join Bastard Nation to be part of the effort to establish respect, dignity, and equal rights for adoptees.


The Bastard Quarterly!

Sign up for our quarterly newsletter. We will not share your information with anyone. We follow a strict privacy policy.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)


Your Message

Help us prevent spam: