Writing Your Local/State Reps for a Resolution

In passing a city or state resolution, you’ll need to contact members of the local political leadership. You can find their address or information online. We’ve put together a sample physical (aka snail-mail) letter to send to your representatives. If you use our template, just make sure to replace the bolded areas with the relevant information. Also see our guide, “Emailing Your State/Local Reps for a Resolution” to assist with emailing your local/state reps.

[City Council Member’s Name]/
The Honorable [Congressperson’s Name]

City Council / [State] Senate
[City, State]

Dear [Title] [Last Name]:
My name is [FIRST/LAST NAME] and I am a community member who resides in [CITY, STATE].

Currently the law governing international adoption places adoptive families at risk in [City or STATE] and throughout the United States.
The proposed Adoptee Citizenship of 2019 (H.R. 2731 and S. 1554) in the U.S. House and Senate would grant citizenship to adoptees whose parents did not complete the necessary processes to provide their adopted children with citizenship. Several deportations of individuals who were legally adopted from foreign countries have already taken place, breaking up families and deporting individuals to places where they were born but have no other connections. This issue impacts not only adults who were adopted decades ago–and their extended families–but also young adopted children who are currently growing up without citizenship because they are not protected by the Child Citizenship Act of 2000.

Adoptees who do not have citizenship come from countries including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, Guatemala, El Salvador, India, Ireland, Haiti, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Panama, the Philippines, the Netherlands, Russia, Ukraine, and Vietnam. According to the South Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare, there are an estimated 19,000 Korean American adoptees who do not have U.S. citizenship.

We ask for your support in submitting a resolution to the [[City] council/[State] State Legislature urging the U.S. Congress to guarantee the naturalization of adoptees who immigrated to the U.S. under the promise of finding a permanent home by virtue of adoption into U.S. families. I feel as I know you do, that every adopted child is entitled to a safe, secure, permanent placement. Citizenship is an essential component.

Thank you for your consideration.