Social Media Posting Guide: Supporting Bills in Congress

An active social media campaign helps us increase visibility of the issue by spreading the word among our friends, families, & co-workers. A well-written post can educate and inspire people to get involved. Additionally, since many people are unaware of adoption generally and international adoptees without citizenship specifically, use this social media guide to help draft your posts!

General Advice
Add a picture (e.g., some graphics which can be found at the end of this document, the Adoptees for Justice logo, photos from Advocacy or other outreach events.) If you are an adoptee or a loved one of an adoptee, consider posting a personal photo if you are comfortable.
• Personalize your message to the people you know
• Be sure to use inclusive language that portrays this as a multifaceted issue. For example, it isn’t solely a family issue but one that also intersects with the criminal justice and immigration systems.
• Shorter is better as long as you cover the key points.
• Choose 2-3 hashtags as you feel appropriate from: #Citizenship4All, #Adoptees4Justice, #NoAdopteeLeftBehind, #AdopteeCitizenship, #HR2731, #S1554, #2019AdopteeCitizenshipAct

A One Sentence Hook
e.g., personal connection or impact to the issue, introduce the story of someone affected, or a statistic. Examples below:
• “As an international adoptee, I could easily have been without citizenship and vulnerable to deportation. I was lucky that I was born after 1983 so I was covered by the Child Citizenship Act of 2001.”
• “I always grew up believing I was a U.S. citizen like my family.”
• “When I adopted my daughter/son/child, I didn’t realize how the paperwork I filed in [YEAR] would affect his/her/their life. We were lucky to have a lawyer who filed the right papers, naturalizing my child as a U.S. citizen, but many people didn’t.
• “During the adoption process, it never even dawned on me that my child could NOT have citizenship…”
• At least 35 American international adoptees have been deported to their birth countries including South Korea, Costa Rica, India, Brazil, and more.

2) Introduce the issue: Adoptees Without Citizenship
Example:
Thousands of America’s adoptees don’t have citizenship; they exist in a state of limbo unable to obtain driver’s licenses, vote, or obtain work legally. They are also vulnerable to deportation. There are 35 known deportations of American adoptees to their countries of birth. Congress attempted to address this problem when it passed the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-395). However, the CCA left out many adoptees.

3) Call to Action: Help Pass the 2019 Adoptee Citizenship Act
Example:
Stand up for/Support/Fight for/Let’s pass/It’s time for/We need/Demand/Call for the 2019 Adoptee Citizenship Act. Introduced with bipartisan support in May 2019, the ACA (H.R 2731 and S.1554) would grant retroactive citizenship for those international adoptees including adoptees with criminal records and provide a path for deported adoptees to return home.
Track the bill here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/2731

Example:
Thousands of America’s adoptees don’t have citizenship; they exist in a state of limbo unable to obtain driver’s licenses, vote, or obtain work legally. They are also vulnerable to deportation. There are 35 known deportations of American adoptees to their countries of birth. Congress attempted to address this problem when it passed the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-395). However, the CCA left out many adoptees.

4) Steps to Action/Ways to Help
Example:
You can help!/Please help/What Can I Do?
SIGN the petition (https://adopteesforjustice.org/aca-petition
SPREAD the word: share this post, write your own post, and talk with your loved ones about why this matters
CALL your Congressional Representative and ask them to support the 2019 Adoptee Citizenship Act. Make Congress pay attention–a few calls can really make a difference! Find our guide here (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_NFc3JgfWoTwJGVfr2aE4fyICCKCoRs7XBSVgazFULk/edit).
DONATE to our campaign & to provide services to adoptees without citizenship (https://adoptees-
forjustice.org/donate-index-impact)
LEARN more about adoptees without citizenship (https://adopteesforjustice.org/)

Social Media Examples

 

Sample Facebook Post

“As an international adoptee, I could easily have been without citizenship and vulnerable to deportation. There are THOUSANDS of adult international adoptees without citizenship who are vulnerable to deportation who were left out of the CCA of 2000 (Public Law 106-396). Support #HR2731, the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019 with the biological children of U.S. citizens under U.S. law.

#Citizenship4All #Adoptees4Justice #IAmAnImmigrant

You CAN help!!!

1) SHARE this post

2) SIGN the petition

3) CALL YOUR STATE REPS****** and ask them to support HR2731, the Adoptee Citizenship

Act of 2019. It’s easy as dialing their office, and saying: “Hi my name is X, I’m a constituent of

Representative X, and I want them to support HR 2731, the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019.

” Even a few calls really makes a difference in pressuring them to TAKE A STAND. Find your

representative here: https://www.house.gov/representati…/find-your-representative

4) Learn more at: https://adopteesforjustice.org/ or message me!

#NoAdopteeLeftBehind #adoptee