Frank’s Story, New York

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My name is Frank and I was born in St. Kitts, West Indies in 1974. My birth mum died and my birth mum died and my birth father was never around. I was raised by my aunt until I left St. Kitts in 1987 to come to the US via a private adoption facilitated by a lawyer. I was adopted by an American family. In 1989, at the age of 15, I was given a final Order of Adoption, a Certificate of Adoption, and a New York birth certificate.

It never crossed my mind that I might not be a US citizen! I went to school, had a social security number, and my adoptive mother told me I was a citizen because she adopted me. In 2008, I got in trouble with the law and after serving my 6 months, ICE came. In March 2017, I was deported back to St. Kitts.

I have a 10 year old daughter who is left behind. It is so hard for me to be in a country that I left 30 years ago and do not know much about. The only life I have is in New York. I always thought I was a citizen because my adoption papers said, “Be regarded and treated in all respects as the lawful child of [adoptive parents].

 

Frank and other retired adoptees need your help to claim U.S. citizenship.

  1. Share #CitizenshipForAllAdoptees and sign the 2018 Petition
  2. Donate online
  3. Share your story as an adoptee without citizenship (or spouse/parent/child of an adoptee lacking citizenship) who served as part of the US Armed Forces. Email sung.cho@adopteerightscampaign.org or submit online
  4. Call or write a letter to lawmakers. November 11 is Veterans’ Day

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Are you or your family members retired and astounded for Emily? Send legislators a personal message on an our petition today!

Share your own story (adoptees without citizenship, parent(s) of adoptee(s) without citizenship, spouses and children of adoptees without citizenship, etc) Email sung.cho@adopteerightscampaign.org (Please write “Story Collection” in the Subject line).

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

*Names may have been changed to protect privacy.

For more information, email us at sung.cho@adopteerightscampaign.org.

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