Adoptee Rights Campaign members and leaders on 12/04/2017 in Washington, D.C. together in front of the U.S. Capitol Building.

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.

You can support us by:

  • Joining us in Washington DC!
  • Signing our petition to Congress
  • Calling or writing your Congress Members and U.S. Senators in support of the Adoptee Citizenship Act. We have templates ready for your use.
  • Donate now! We need to raise $50,000 this year to support our Days of Action and other initiatives that support adoptees in crisis.



The Adoptee Rights Campaign (ARC) is expanding! Lobbying teams are being formed around the country to meet each Congressperson and Senator in their district offices. We need adult adoptees, adoptive parents, friends, and allies who care about equal rights for all adoptees and who are committed to making a difference.

ARC welcomes those eager to spread awareness and community-level interest striving to secure citizenship for intercountry adoptees.

Browse our Story Collection! Explore the ways adoptees lack citizenship after having been brought to the U.S. and raised to be part of the fabric of American families. Adoptees courageously share their narratives, voicing insight and untold struggles of what it means to live as an adoptee without citizenship. New to the Adoptee Citizenship Act? [Learn more].

Share your own story (adoptees without citizenship, parent(s) of adoptee(s) without citizenship, etc) Email (Please write “Story Collection” in the Subject line) or use our online submission

Note: Remember to spread the word via social media using the #citizenshipforalladoptees

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Browse the Story Collection

For Media Inquiries, please contact:
Joy Alessi, Co-Director

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Updated on 2017-09-28T13:20:29+00:00, by Adoptee Rights Campaign.