Your Congress Member/Senator
Washington, DC 20510
Re: Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2018
I write to express my strong support of the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2018 and to urge you to support the bipartisan bill sponsored by Senators Mazie Hirono, Roy Blunt, and Congressman Adam Smith. The ACA addresses an issue that YOUR STATE families are eager to see resolved. For decades, adoptive parents, lawmakers, government officials, lawyers and even adopted individuals were unaware that international adoption on its own does not automatically confer U.S. citizenship.
The Child Citizenship Act (CCA) of 2000 granted automatic citizenship to some but not all adopted children. Today, as many as 65,000 individuals adopted between 1948 and 2016 may lack protection. Without U.S. citizenship, adoptees are unable to vote and are denied U.S. passports. Many cannot obtain student financial aid, employment verification, home loans, Social Security benefits, driver’s licenses and other vital resources. Adoptees are also vulnerable to deportation despite their legal adoptions by American citizens. Without Congressional intervention, the population of susceptible adoptees in the United States will increase considerably between 2015 and 2033.
Seventeen years have passed without remediation to the oversights of the Child Citizenship Act of 2000. (YOUR STATE) families are counting on our U.S. Congress members to protect our family members by ensuring that all intercountry adoptees receive the citizenship intended through legal adoption. Passing the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2018 is critical to alleviating the burden placed on adoptees who are living with the unintended disparities in Adoption policies.
Thank you for your attention and consideration to this important matter. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact XXXX at XXXXX