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International adoptees legally adopted by U.S. citizen parents now face serious obstacles as adults living in the U.S. without citizenship, including threat of deportation. Under current law, U.S. citizenship is not guaranteed for international adoptees born before 1983, or for those who entered the U.S. on a visa that did not provide automatic citizenship. More than 30 adoptees have already been deported to 18 different countries where they struggle with language and cultural barriers, finding employment, and being separated from loved ones.

The Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019 will grant automatic citizenship to all qualifying international adoptees adopted by a U.S. citizen parent, regardless of the date the adoption was finalized. This legislation will also allow adult adoptees who have been deported the opportunity to return to the United States.

We call on Congress to SUPPORT the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019. Please show your support by signing this petition today!


Empowering our communities + advancing justice

Adoptees for Justice is an intercountry adoptee-led organization whose mission is to educate, empower, and organize transracial and transnational adoptee communities to achieve just and humane adoption, immigration, and restorative justice systems. We believe in a world where every person thrives in a safe and supportive environment in which communities of color, immigrants, and adoptees are liberated from all forces of injustice, with full citizenship for all. Our first project is to educate, organize and advocate for an Adoptee Citizenship Act that is inclusive of all adoptees.

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I support Adoptees for Justice because I believe that adoptees deserve full human rights and we are all created equal.
— Kristopher Larsen, Co-Director of Adoptees For Justice
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