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 …

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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

Action Alert: New York clean bills amended to redact birthparent names. Let the bills die. Contact NY Leg today!

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Emergency Action Needed Today.

A909a/S2490B are NOT adoptee right bills

Don’t let New York become another Ohio or New Jersey

Let them die!

 New York State’s A909 and S2490, until a few days ago, were clean companion bills that would have restored the right of original birth certificate access, without restriction or condition, to all New York State adoptees.  Anti-adoptee legislators have held up the bills in the Assembly Codes Committee and the Senate Health Committee respectively.

 Late last week, in a attempt to break the deadlock , amendments were added to the bills, now known as A909a and S2409b These amended bills, following the model of newly enacted restricted bills in Ohio and New Jersey, would create a special privilege for NYS birthparents: to have their names, upon request, redacted from the original birth certificate. That is, adoptees  could receive a state-mutilated copy of their OBC that would white-out parental identification information.

 A909a and S2490 have had no public hearings and can go for a floor vote without them!

 A909a and S2409b are NOT adotpee rights bills. They do not improve, much less restore– the legal status of adopted adults from the State of New York regarding the right to their birth certificates. The bills continue to separate OBC rights and practice for the adopted and the not adopted. A909a A2409b legislate special privilege fo ra few birthparents over the civil rights of all the state’s adoptees.

Bastard Nation has drawn the line in the sand: We leave no one behind

Drawn your line with us!

The New York legislature is down to the wire. The session closes on Thursday June 20, 2014 and a decision will be made on these bills to bring to a floor vote or to let them die without a vote.

 Contact the following and ask them to

  • Let A909a and S2490 die
  • Restore the previous clean bills next legislative  session
  • Reject any  current or future bill that discriminates against adoptee rights to their OBCs

 Sponsor of A909a: David Weprin at 518- 455-5806; Fax: 518.455.5977 

Sponsor of of S2490b: Andrew J Lanza,  518 455-3215; Fax: 518- 426-6852

Chair, Assembly Codes Committee: Joseph R. Lentol. Phone 518-455-4477

 Individual Assembly Members: http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?sh=search


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HAPPY MAY DAY! Bastards of the world unite, You have nothing to lose but your shame!

In honor of May Day, here’s some Bastard Nation chants.  You can find more here. lucy parsons

  • Our records, our rights!
  • Sealed records are secrets and lies/Adoptee rights are civil right!s
  • No more secr3ets, no more lies/Bastards will not compromise!
  • We’re illegit/And we won’t quit/And we won’t quit/’Til open records is what we git!


B-A-S-T-A-R-D Bastards, Bastards, proud are we! Say the name; Erase the shame. Our rights and records we’ll reclaim!


My dog has a pedigree What about *my* identity?


To you, it’s Vital Statistics. To us, it’s “None of your business!”


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New Jersey. When is OBC access not? What kind of right denies itself?

Grumpy cat adoptionOn April 28,  much of AdoptionLand donned party hats, tooted their horns and celebrated the enactment of New Jersey’s long-flogged Adoptee Rights Birthright Bill.  The only problem is that Governor Chris Christie, a long-time opponent of OBC access. has “conditionally vetoed” the core of the bill: .parental identification information can be denied  in certain cases.

The Governor and the bill’s sponsors agreed to sell out adoptee civil rights for state-granted  favor and privilege. Under the last minute compromise agreement, birthparents  have 2 1/2 years (until December 31, 2016)   to file a contact preference form indicating that they want or don’t want contact with their adult adoptee  or to request the state to  redact  their name from the OBC all together. This is accountably considered a victory

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