America, Honor Your Promise: Citizenship For All Adoptees!
We are passing on this urgent call to action, sent to us from the Adoptee Rights Campaign. For more information on the various ways that you can be involved in the Days of Action, check out their website. To start, please consider signing the petition here.
We urge adoptees, adoptive parents, United States Veterans, people of faith, attorneys and allies to join our Days of Action in Washington D.C. on October 4th and 5th. We need your help to ensure that our legislators understand the urgency of passing the Adoptee Citizenship Act!
When the United States facilitated our adoptions, we were promised a better life as American citizens. Adopted as children by US citizen parents, an estimated 35,000 intercountry adoptees have grown up American but still lack U.S. citizenship.
In 2000, Congress determined that intercountry adoptees should automatically be granted US citizenship and the Childhood Citizenship Act was passed. When the law went into effect, adoptees who were age eighteen or older were denied the same automatic right.
We call on Congress to uphold the promise to adoptees by fixing the legal loophole and passing the Adoptee Citizenship Act allowing citizenship for all adoptees regardless of when they were born.