A Call to Action: Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2018
Here’s some backstory to help you understand the urgency of lending your voice to the fight for ACA 2018.
The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 was enacted to give automatic U.S. citizenship to some children born in other nations and then adopted by U.S. citizen parents upon arrival into the United States. Unfortunately, some international adoptees were excluded from this right to citizenship. There are many international adoptees however, who entered the U.S. as children, either on a non-automatic visa type or who came to the States before the CCA was enacted. These adoptees are now discovering that they aren’t U.S. citizens as they thought they were; or that there is a lack documentation to verify their citizenship.
The Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2018 seeks to amend the CCA of 2000, granting citizenship to those adoptees who are affected by the loopholes that left them out of that right.
The National Council for Adoption offers several resources for understanding the issues and what actions you can take to join the fight for Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2018. The graphic to the right is available in downloadable form and can be shared across social media to help others understand the issues. Click on this highlighted link to get your downloadable graphic.
One of the most effective things you can do right now is to contact your representatives in Congress. This page gives clear directions on how to do that. NCFA also has many other ideas for advocacy and action that you can check out while you are on their site.