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

America, Honor Your Promise


The Adoptee Rights Campaign (ARC) has launched its 2017 Campaign for the Adoptee Citizenship Act, which intends to grant automatic citizenship to all intercountry adoptees. Since the 1940s, over 300,000 children have been adopted from abroad by U.S. citizen parents with the promise of a better life. The burden of securing citizenship for intercountry adoptees was placed on the adoptive parents, and there are now an estimated 35,000 adult adoptees who lack U.S. citizenship.* Without citizenship, adoptees have limited work and travel options, cannot access public benefits or qualify for home loans, and are at risk for deportation to countries where they have no known family, do not know the language or culture and have little chance of survival.

*This estimation is based on 20,000 Korean adoptees without citizenship reported by the South Korean government along with an extrapolation of the 354,000 intercountry adoptees brought to the U.S. since the 1940s. Statistical information remains underreported or unknown from other countries.



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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Joy Alessi, Co-Director

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Updated on 2017-09-17T18:19:32+00:00, by Adoptee Rights Campaign.