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Thousands of Adults Adopted From Other Countries as Children Living in Fear of Deportation

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Adoptees courageously share their narratives, voicing insight and untold struggles of what it means to live as an adoptee without citizenship. Because of our ARC leaders, over 65,000 signed postcards were collected during September – December 2016, and delivered during various Days of Action. [Read about the progress]. New to the Adoptee Citizenship Act? [Learn more].

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.

Kairi, adoptee traumatized by deportation attemptsKairi, an adoptee, living with MS shares how PTSD has manifested due to bureaucratic insensitivity. [Kairi’s story].

Express your disbelief to legislators in a personal message on an ePostcard, especially for the Day of Action on November 28, 2016.

Adoptee femaleStacy, a mother to two children was advised to not file for citizenship.[Stacy’s story]

Help Stacy advocate! Write legislators in a personal message on an ePostcard, especially for the Call to Action on December 01, 2016.

Mauricio, an adoptee without citizenship whose family lives in Wisconsin**Mauricio, a sheetmetal apprentice with aspiring business goals caught in bureaucratic crossfire when returning from vacationing abroad. [Mauricio’s story]

Mauricio and his family were not completely informed about the issue of citizenship for intercountry adoptees and have little recourse without enacting the Adoptee Citizenship Act. Mauricio’s experience finding out adoption is not always equivalent with citizenship for everyone is shared by his father.

Congress needs to be aware of atrocious injustices and hear everyone expects the federal government to treat all adoptees as Americans. Send legislators a personal message on an ePostcard today and participate in the Week of Action!

Emily, retired and discovered her lack of citizenshipEmily, a Christian, and retired from working at Aerospace, divulges how she learned she is not considered an American. [Emily’s story]

Astonished? Tell legislators in a personal message on an ePostcard, especially for Veterans Day on November 11, 2016.

Monte, an adoptee without citizenship who was deported by the American government from an interview with SBS.Monte, served in U.S. Armed Forces before finding out he was without citizenship after a series of events, resulting in deportation. [Monte’s story]
Watch Monte’s interview on YouTube:

Express your dismay about Monte to legislators (including Senator Grassley) in a personal message on an ePostcard and donate.

Sara as a child.SaraLeader for Day of Action delegation in Washington, D.C. on 10/06/2016. Explore life for Sarah as an adoptee who finds out she is without citizenship after having been raised in the Western part of the United States as part of a military family. [Sara’s story]

Are you or your family members veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, and shocked? Send legislators a personal message on an ePostcard.

Outside the USCIS building

AndreaA Leader for Day of Action delegation in Washington, D.C. on 06/14/2016 also serves as web admin for the Adoptee Rights Campaign, collaborates on grassroots and investigative research strategies. [Andrea’s story]

Explore Andrea’s narrative as an adoptee without citizenship residing in the Southwest. *On Thursday October 13th, thanks to Arizona U.S. Senator McCain’s support, Andrea was able to be recognized as a U.S. Citizen.  Her date of citizenship is backdated to match the date of the court issued adoption records 30 years ago. Please read her press release HERE.  A victory of the Adoptee Rights Campaign, Andrea remains committed to fighting for citizenship for all adoptees.

Adoptee femaleMC, Delegation leader for the Day of Action in Washington, D.C. on 04/19/2016. MC is also a parent, the ACA would benefit both her and her children. [MC’s full story]

We invite you to submit a family photo to show Congress adoptees are an essential part of American families.

photo of justin ki hong, an adopteeJustin, Delegation leader for the Day of Action in Washington, D.C. on 10/04/2016. [Justin’s full story]

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Updated on 2017-02-06T17:57:05+00:00, by Adoptee Rights Campaign.