Adoptee Rights Issues, History and Law
Most adult adoptees in the U.S. and Canada are denied legal access to their own original birth records and adoption decree. This is not the case in many places around the world. In the U.S. and Canada Influential adoption industry lobbyists perpetuate bizarre notions of a beneficial “permanent anonymity” imposed on all in the adoption experience so as to protect their ability to continue acting as a completely unaccountable industry – something unique to the adoption industry.
Start learning about your rights, the history of the movement, and the law, and about the variety of complex issues involved in adult adoptee access to personal government documents.
Start here: The Basic Bastard — This collection of short articles address the main issues and questions regarding Bastard Nation and adoptee rights.
Local Laws, Activism and Contacts – covering the U.S., Canada and internationally.
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:
- Open Records: Good for Adoptive Families
- Model Open Records Legislation
- On Legalized Anonymous Infant Abandonment / Safe Haven Laws:
- On Conditional Access Legislation:
- The Intermediary System is Not the Solution
- National Reunion Registries
A resolution of the Executive Committee, submitted as testimony to the U.S. House of representatives June 1998.
- The Hague Convention
A resolution of the Executive Committee. See also, from earliest to most recent:
- Testimony on S.682 submitted to U.S. Senate Committee Oct. 1999
- Testimony on HR.2909 submitted to U.S. Congressional Committee Oct. 1999
- Supplementary Testimony on HR.2909 submitted to U.S. Congressional Committee Nov. 1999
- Statement urging ratification of HR 2909 based on removal of anti-adoptee language from HR 2909. Link to text of 3/16/00 version of HR 2909 March 2000
- Comments on Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000: Proposed Rules for Federal implementation of the Hague Convention
- Letter to Hon. Bertie Ahern, Department of the Taoiseach, Ireland supporting the call of the Magdalene Memorial Committee to further investigate the scandal of the Magdalene Laundries.
- Bastard Nation Statement – Victory in New Hampshire!
- Bowling for Babies: Bastard Nation’s Response to 20/20′s Be My Baby Ad Campaign
History of Adoptee Rights and efforts to open records
The Uniform Adoption Act of 1994:
- individuals and organizations opposing open adoption records
Adoptive parents groups and adoptee rights groups agree that the adoption industry lobby benefits from permanently sealed records and the nonaccountability it provides.
- Why Adoptive Parents Support Open Records for Adult Adoptees
- Why They’re Good for Adoptive Families: Open Records for Adult Adoptees
Birthmothers Support Open Records for Adult Adoptees:
- Over 500 Birthmothers Say “VOTE YES” on Measure 58
- Raped Birthmothers Voice Strong Support for Oregon’s Adoptee Rights Measure
Opposition Organizations (under construction)