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Bastards Speak September 7, 2006

Posted by fajita in Adoption, Family Science.

I told you a few days back about Bastrd Nation. Well, they found me. Check out comments in my blog post here. Thanks for stopping by my new friends.

For years, people who were adopted were not allowed to know about their biological history. Any contect with their birthparents weer forbidden. Adoptions were completely anonymous forever. This was done to “protect” everyone involved. Recent research has shown that these arrangements are not necessarily “protecting” of people invlved. “Open” adoptions (where information exchanges at varying degrees are permissible or encouraged) are more and more the norm.

If you’re not connected to adoption issues, you just don’t know what a huge deal this concept of openness is. Think about the potential identity issues for adoptees, the potential grief issues for birthparents, and the potential family formation issues.  

I am sure the folks at Bastard Nation and their website could inform you about adoption issues and their advocacy postions.

Why don’t you check out their mission statement below.

Bastard Nation(SM) Mission Statement

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.


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