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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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Barton, Elisa (Editor). Confessions of a Lost Mother. Gateway Press, 1996.

Collins, Pauline. Letter to Louise: A Loving Memoir to the Daughter I Gave Up for Adoption More Than Twenty-Five Years Ago. HarperCollins, 1992.

Fox, Paula. Borrowed Finery: A Memoir. Holt & Company, Inc., 2001.

Johnston, Patricia Irwin (Editor). Perspectives on a Grafted Tree: Thoughts for Those Touched by Adoption. Perspectives Press, 1983.

Jones, Merry Bloch. Birthmothers: Women Who Have Relinquished Babies for Adoption Tell Their Stories. Chicago Review Press, 1996.

Mander, Rosemary. Care of the Mother Grieving a Baby Relinquished for Adoption. Avebury, 1995.

Mason, Mary Martin. Out of the Shadows: Birthfathers’ Stories. Howard Pub., 1995.


Moorman, Margaret. Waiting to Forget. W. W. Norton, 1996.

Robinson, Evelyn Burns. Adoption and Loss – The Hidden Grief. Clova Publications, 2000.

Roles, Patricia E. A Counselor’s Guide to Birthparent Loss and Grief in Adoption. Child Welfare League of America, 1990.

Roles, Patricia. Saying Goodbye to a Baby: Birthparents’ Guide to Loss and Grief in Adoption. Volume 1, Child Welfare League of America, 1990.

Romanchik, Brenda. Birthparent Grief. R-4Squared Press, 1999.

Romanchik, Brenda. What is Open Adoption? R-4Squared Press, 1999.

Romanchik, Brenda. Your Rights and Responsibilities: A Guide for Expectant Parents Considering Adoption. R-4Squared Press, 1999.

Savage, Dan. The Kid: What Happened After My Boyfriend and I Decided to Go Get Pregnant. Dutton Books, Penguin, 1999.

Schaefer, Carol. The Other Mother: A Woman’s Love for the Child She Gave Up for Adoption. Soho Press, 1991.

Severson, Randolph W. Dear Birthfather. Hope Cottage, 1992.

Waldron, Jan L. Giving Away Simone: A Memoir. Times Books, 1995.

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bytes: read about baby abandonment


Ashby, LeRoy. Endangered Children: Dependency, Neglect and Abuse in American History. Twayne Pub., 1997.

Boswell, John. The Kindness of Strangers: The Abandonment of Children in Western Europe from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance. The U. of Chicago Press, 1988.

Fuchs, Rachel G. Abandoned Children: Foundlings and Child Welfare in 19th Century France. SUNY Press, 1984.

Gager, Kristin Elizabeth. Blood Ties and Fictive Ties: Adoption and Family Life in Early Modern France. Princeton U. Press, 1996.

Hardy, Sarah Blaffer. Mother Nature: A History of Mothers, Infants and Natural Selection. Pantheon Books, 1999.

Kertzer, David I. Sacrificed for Honor: Italian Infant Abandonment and the Politics of Reproductive Control. Beacon Press, 1993.

Meyer, Cheryl and Michelle Oberman. Mothers Who Kill Their Children: Understanding the Acts of Moms from Susan Smith to the “Prom Mom.” New York U. Press, 2001

Panter-Brick, Catharine and Malcolm T. Smith (Editors). Abandoned Children. Cambridge U. Press, 2000.

Piers, Maria W. Infanticide: Past and Present. W. W. Norton, 1978.

Ransel, David. Mothers in Misery: Child Abandonment in Russia. Princeton U. Press, 1988.

Rose, Lionel. The Massacre of the Innocents: Infanticide in Britain, 1800-1939. Routledge, 1986.

Schwartz, Lita L and Natalie K. Isser. Endangered Children: Neonaticide, Infanticide and Filicide. CRC Press, 2000.

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bytes: read about adoption in literature


Albee, Edward. The American Dream and The Zoo Story. Plume, 1997.

Albee, Edward. Three Tall Women. Dramatist’s Play Service, 1994.

Albee, Edward. Tiny Alice. Dramatist’s Play Service, 1998.

Albee, Edward. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? New American Library, 1988.

Alexander, Carolyn and John Sundys-Wunch (Translator). Now You Are Sara. Ben-Simon Publ., 1993.

Allison, Dorothy. Bastard Out Of Carolina. Penguin Books, 1992.

Brown, Rita Mae. Rita Will: Memoir of a Literary Rabble-Rouser. Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub., 1999.

Brown, Rita Mae. Rubyfruit Jungle. Bantam Doubleday Dell Pub., 1988.

Conlon-McKenna, Marita. The Magdalen. Forge, 1999.

Elliot, George. Daniel Deronda. Penguin USA, 1996.

Elliot, George. Silas Marner. Modern Library Edition, Princeton Review, 2001.

Ito, Susan and Tina Cervin (Editors). A Ghost at Heart’s Edge: Stories and Poems of Adoption. North Atlantic Books, 1999.

Montgomery, Lucy Maud. The Complete Anne of Green Gables. Bantam, 1997.

Mukherjee, Bharati. Leave It To Me. Albert A. Knopf, 1997.

Muller, Marcia. Sharon McCone mystery book series.

Novy, Marianne (Editor). Imagining Adoption: Essays on Literature and Culture. University of Michigan Press, 2001.

Winterson, Jeanette. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. Grove Press, 1997.

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bytes: read about adoption in history


Alstein, Howard and Rita J. Simon (Editors). Intercountry Adoption: A Multinational Perspective. Praeger Pub. Text, 1991.

Austin, Linda Tollett. Babies for Sale: The Tennessee Children’s Home Adoption Scandal. Praeger Pub. Text, 1993.

Boswell, John. The Kindness of Strangers: The Abandonment of Children in Western Europe from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance. Vintage Books, 1990.

Carp, E. Wayne (Editor). Adoption in America: Historical Perspectives. U. of Michigan Press, 2002.

Doneson, Jules. Deeds of Love: A History of the Jewish Foster Home and Orphan Asylum of Philadelphia-America’s First Jewish Orphanage. Vantage Press, 1996.

Dulberger, Judith A. Mother Donit Fore the Best: Correspondence of a Nineteenth-Century Orphan Asylum. Syracuse U. Press, 1996.

Flood, Renee Samsom. Lost Bird of Wounded Knee: Spirit of the Lakota. Scribner, 1995.

Gager, Kristin Elizabeth. Blood Ties and Fictive Ties: Adoption and Family Life in Early Modern France. Princeton U. Press, 1996.

Holt, Marilyn Irvin. The Orphan Trains: Placing Out in America. U. of Nebraska, 1994.

Kerr, Rita. The Texas Orphans: A Story of the Orphan Train Children. Eakin Pub., 1994.


Kunzel, Regina. Fallen Women, Problem Girls: Unmarried Mothers and the Professionalization of Social Work, 1890-1945. Yale U. Press, 1995.

Modell, Judith S. Kinship With Strangers: Adoption and Interpretations of Kinship in American Culture. U. of California Press, 1994.

Odem, Mary. Delinquent Daughters: Protecting and Policing Adolescent Female Sexualty in the Untied States, 1885-1920. U. of North Carolina Press, 1995.

Patrick, Michael, Evelyn Sheets, and Evelyn Trikel. We Are a Part of History: The Story of the Orphan Trains. Michael Patrick, 1995.

Riben, Marsha. Dark Side of Adoption. Marsha Riben, 1988.

Skolnick, Sharon and Manny Skolnick. Where Courage Is Like a Wild Horse: The World of an Indian Orphanage. U. of Nebraska Press, 1998.

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