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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world."      Margaret Mead

Action Alerts

 For updates go to:

The Daily Bastardette Blog
and Bastard Nation website

The states where adult adoptees have unrestricted access to their own original birth are:  Alaska, Oregon, Kansas, Alabama, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Maine.  

New Hampshire

On January 1, 2005 New Hampshire born adult adoptees will be able to obtain a copy of their original birth certificates!   The birthparents of these adopted adults will have the opportunity to disclose to the adult adoptee whether they wish to be contacted or not by use of the Contact Preference Form.  For all forms and information click here.

For those mothers and/or fathers who DO desire contact, completing the CPF will provide updated contact information to the adult adoptee.  The mothers and/or fathers of those adopted adults who may NOT want contact must request (or download), fill out, and return their CPF PRIOR TO JANUARY 1, 2005 to insure that they will not be contacted, though they can still file the CPF after January 1, 2005.

New Hampshire Vital Statistics have begun posting the Pre-Adoption statistics on their website.  It will be updated the first of every week.  Click here.  It is located at the bottom of the page.


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Essays

Telling our stories in film, plays, books and essays empowers the author and all who see and read them.

The Eight Fallacies of Adoption by Anne D. Slagle, adoptee from The Alma Society

The idea of adoption: an inquiry into the history of adult adoptee access to birth records.  53 Rutgers L. Rev. 367-436 (2001) by Elizabeth J. Samuels

The Recovery Process, Post-reunion by Kate Neal, from the point of view of an adpotee.

The Day I Threw My Guilt Away by Sheila Ganz

they said a poem by Sheila Ganz

Thesis to the play "they said, 'pretend it didnt happen'" by Sheila Ganz

Rape, Relinquishment and Closed Records by Sheila Ganz, an essay originally written for an anthology supporting the civil right of adult adoptees to obtain their original birth certificate and other information about their adoption. 

A Bullet to the Brain a poem by Mary Jane Klein Hagofsky


Come my little angel a poem by Jennifer Beck-Robinson

Seek and ye shall find by Andy

Mirror, Mirror a poem by Craig Hickman

Letter to a Wisconsin Adoption Bureaucrat, June 2001 by Craig Hickman


If you would like to contribute an essay to this website, please email your essay to Sheila Ganz at unlockingheart@hotmail.com


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Testimony 

Sheila Ganz on California AB 1349 this bill would have given adult adoptees in California unconditional access to their adoption records.

Sheila Ganz on California SB 109 this bill was to cut the revocation period for the length of time new birthmothers could change their minds and keep their child from three months to 48 hours.

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