Local Campaign Outreach Toolkit

A4J has a 50-state, multi-city strategy to create resolutions to pressure Congress to pass the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019 in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. A state or city resolution is the official expression of the opinion or will of a legislative body. While a resolution is not legally binding, it is a useful organizing tool to pressure the U.S. Congress to enact legislation (i.e. the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019). You can organize your city or state to pass a resolution that supports automatic citizenship to all international adoptees, condemns their deportation, and urges U.S. Congress to pass the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019. See HERE for Illinois State House Joint Resolution 24. This section outlines how you can build a coalition, organize your community, and persuade city / state leaders to pass a community resolution.

Table of Contents

  1. How to Pass a State/Local Resolution
  2. Writing Your State/Local Resolution
  3. Emailing Your State/Local Reps for a Resolution
  4. How to Create an Online Petition

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Show Your Support Today!

Imagine learning as an adult that you are not a U.S. citizen after believing for your whole life you were.
Imagine getting deported from your family and home because the process failed you.

Many of us know someone who was adopted from another country. Over 500,000 children have been adopted by American families since the end of World War II. Many of our adopted family members, partners, friends, and co-workers did not have their U.S. citizenship secured when they were children.

Tell Congress to SUPPORT the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019 (H.R.2731). Signatures will be delivered by Adoptees For Justice, an adoptee-led organization.