Mary Beth’s Story- Wisconsin

 

 

Mary Beth was adopted from an orphanage in Iran by two U.S. citizens. She grew up in American culture, attended American schools, made American friends. Her mother always told her she was a U.S. citizen. Mary Beth is now a mother with children.

Imagine the horror she felt when she learned her parents were wrong; she is not a U.S. citizen.

Like thousands of other international adoptees, Mary Beth’s parents did not understand the need to naturalize her after adoption. Mary Beth is an American just like her children. She wants to give them every advantage in life. “My responsibility is to protect my children. Adoptees need to be acknowledged and given our citizenship, so we can raise our children without fearing we will be deported back to countries we left as orphans.”

Mary Beth’s legacy is for her children to be happy and safe with a bright future. Passing the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2018 is long overdue.

The love of a mother for her child is undeniably the strongest emotion in the human soul.