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Olivia Pratten’s suit to end second class citizenship for Canadian donor conceived individuals

Much as I am sick to death of seeing headlines refering to adults as perpetual “children,” some of the reporting on Olivia Pratten’s suit has otherwise actually been fairly good.
Pulling but two examples from earlier today:
This Vancouver Sun piece goes into a fair amount of detail, shining a momentary spotlight on the lives of donor [...]

Federal bonus bucks to the states for moving kids out of foster into adoptions (regardless of the damage)

My last two posts have been important “Basic Building Blocks Posts” (BBBPs) that serve as backgrounder information to bear in mind as one looks at foster care-adoption financial incentives.

“Foster-adopt” as a case study in the problems of adoption language & information hiding (BBBP part 1)
When discussing Foster-Adopt, these are some Foster realities to bear in [...]

Vote now for the 4th annual Demons in Adoption Awards

Each year for the past four years Pound Pup Legacy (advocates for child safety within the foster care and adoption system) have offered a respite/cold hard dose of sanity and relief from the from the dreadful  Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s annual Angels in Adoption awards: PPL’s annual Demons of Adoption Awards.
The Angels in Adoption [...]

Bastard Nation’s latest New Jersey ACTION ALERT and a Rhode Island update

New Jersey
There is a significant possibility that New Jersey’s botched legislation, SCS1406  (SCS799/1399)  has been pulled for this session.
But this is no time to become complacent.
We must keep the pressure on: keep educating, keep communicating with lawmakers and the Governor, and keep working for nothing short of restored equality.

Those advocating in support for this [...]

New Jersey SCS1406 (A1406/S799) ACTION ALERT and update

On Monday the New Jersey Assembly’s Human Services Committee heard testimony on A1406 (The Assembly’s version of the New Jersey Senate’s S799.) The bill has become a mangled beyond repair attempt at what was originally intended to be open records legislation. At this point the two bills have been combined and are now known as [...]

My Intro, links, & the Bastard Nation Action Alert – Stop New Jersey A1406/S799 Today!

This post has three parts:

My introduction
Some links towards context & historical perspective on the situation in New Jersey
The Bastard Nation Action Alert- Stop New Jersey A1406/S799 Today!

Introduction-
New Jersey’s A1406/S799 is NOT an adoptee rights bill.
It is yet another fake/conditional access for a lucky few at the direct cost of the human/civil/identity rights of others bill. [...]

Adoptee Rights 101: Class Bastard and how to recognize a genuine adoptee rights bill

Yes, my blog has been quiet here for a bit, for a number of reasons, some of which I hope to write to a bit later on. In the mean time, I’ve obviously got a massive backlog of things to write, some of which I will get to, others, I may not.
That said, watching much [...]

Urgent Action Alerts: Illinois and Rhode Island

Illinois-
HB 5428 has gone to Governor Quinn.
Time is running out to express you opposition to this travesty of a bill.
Even if you’ve contacted the Governor before, please make another effort, this bill will do tremendous damage to adoptee rights.
Bastard Nation’s Action Alert,
BASTARD NATION ACTION ALERT: STOP HB 5428 – WRITE GOV. PAT QUINN NOW
has contact [...]

Rhode Island’s legislative abomination: access for a lucky few purchased at the price of the human rights of others

For some time now I’ve been following the ongoing disaster in Rhode Island.
This time around, they’ve come up to the edge of passing yet another “access for me, but not for thee” bill, by camouflaging it, falsely labeling it an adoptee rights bill, and co-opting Bastard voice by glossing over how their bill is once [...]

Action Alert- Stop New Jersey S799, NJ Senate Vote scheduled for Monday

New Jersey’s horribly botched bill S799, (formerly A752, which I blogged about last December, New Jersey- let A752 die: the conflation of family medical history with authentic restored access, white outs, and preemptive restraining orders among other nightmare senarios) is scheduled to come before the New Jersey Senate on Monday (March 22nd, 2010.)
See the full [...]