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Due to COVID-19, email is one of the best ways to get in contact with your representative’s office about an issue. However, members of Congress do not openly publish their email addresses but instead use customized forms on their website. Don’t worry–we made it easy with our email template and guide below. Also, don’t forget to replace the bolded areas with your own information!

Note: If you are emailing your Representative, choose “H.R. 2731” and “House” (and delete out “S.1554” and “Senate”). If you are emailing your Senator, choose “S. 1554” and “Senate” (and delete out “H.R. 2731” and “House”).

Email Template

Subject: [S.1554 or H.R. 2731] Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019

“My name is [FIRST, LAST NAME] and I am a constituent of [Rep or Senator] who resides in [CITY, STATE]. Currently, the law governing international adoption places adoptive families at risk in throughout the United States. Several deportations of individuals who were legally adopted from foreign countries have already taken place, breaking up families and returning the deported individuals to places where they were born but have no other connections. The proposed legislation [S. 1554 or H.R. 2731], or the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019 in the U.S. [House or Senate] would grant citizenship to adoptees whose parents did not complete the necessary processes to provide their adopted children with citizenship. We ask for your support in cosponsoring this important bill which would guarantee the naturalization of adoptees who immigrated to America under the promise of finding a permanent home. I feel as I know you do, that every adopted child is entitled to a safe, secure, permanent placement; citizenship is an essential component. As someone who is gravely concerned about this issue, I urge [Rep or Senator] to support and co-sponsor the Adoptee Citizenship Act now.

Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,
[FULL NAME]

Optional: Personalize your message.

Personalizing your message helps make a lasting impression and a more effective call. If you are have some relationship to adoption (adoptee, adoptive parent, work in an adoption agency, etc), please state it on the call! We’ve left some examples below that would replace the more generic “As someone who is gravely concerned about the issue,” in the phone script.

Example: As an international adoptee myself who was lucky enough to receive citizenship, I believe it is a tragedy that the U.S. government has not fulfilled its promise to all internationally adopted Americans to have a permanent home in the United States.

Example: As a parent who adopted their child from COUNTRY in YEAR, it is unacceptable that adopted children are not given the same security and opportunities as biological children.

Example: As an adoption professional, I am gravely concerned that not all international adoptees received U.S. citizenship. Lack of citizenship violates the fundamental promise of adoption–that adopted children receive a forever family and a permanent home.

Now that you have your message down, choose a way to email your representatives.

Way 1) Email through Democracy.io. See our guide to emailing with Demoracy.io guide here.

Way 2) Manually email your reps using the process described below.

Don’t know who your U.S. Representative and Senators are? Enter your address below!

FYI: You have 1 U.S. Representative (depending on what Congressional District your residence falls within) and 2 U.S. Senators (depending on what state you reside in).

Check if your Representative has already co-sponsored the Adoptee Citizenship Act here. Check if your Senator has already co-sponsored the bill here.

Locate your Senators and Representative

ex: 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20500

Your Senators are listed first followed by your Representative along with links to their website. Visit the website of the Member of Congress you wish to email and find their email form (usually under a “Contact” tab). Fill in your information, adjust the email template, copy and paste and you’re done!

Congratulations! You just made a difference by demonstrating your support of the Adoptee Citizenship Act! Now that you know how easy it is, share your experience with others and encourage them to call as well!

Also see our guides to help you contact your reps by phone, a physical letter via the postal service, email via Democracy.io, or through ResistBot.