Lost Daughters was founded as a space where women who were adopted or fostered as children can bring their talents and wisdom to push-back collectively against the forces that silence adoptees. Over 40 authors strong, nearly 5 years later, we've become so much more than that by increasingly highlighting our take on issues intersecting with adoption. These issues include policy, race, feminism, parenting, religion, family preservation, ability, and more. Although we're not designed or intended to take stances on political issues, we're confident that our combined 1,600-plus years of experience living adoption give us a good idea about what adoptees need. Right now, that's ending statelessness for adults adopted to the U.S. as children.
That's right. Not one more stateless adoptee. Not. One. More.
Co-signed by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Senator Dan Coates (R-I), and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), the Adoptee Citizenship Act (S. 2275) will address this decades-old problem, once and for all, by closing the loophole in the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 that has placed international adoptees at risk of deportation or allowed them to be deported.
Here's what S. 2275 will do if enacted:
- Provide retroactive citizenship to all international adoptees, regardless of when they were adopted.
- Provides a "clear pathway" for adoptees who were deported to return to the U.S.--including adoptees who may have committed crimes if they've served their time or resolved their criminal histories.
Here's how you can help:
- GO to http://action.18mr.org/aca-2015/. It's best if you do it on your cellphone's web browser.
- TYPE in your information. Let the website connect you by phone to your Senator.
- INFORM your Senator you want their support for S. 2275. It can pass this legislative session, make it happen.
- SHARE. Share this link. Share that 18 Million Rising link.
- TELL people. Tell your friends. Tell people who aren't your friends. Tell a person at the store or your neighbor while they're grabbing the morning paper.
S2275 has a strong potential to be the first ever successful, all adoptee-led policy enacted at the federal level. Adoptees can do this. We will do this. But we, together with our allies, need to combine our talents and wisdom to collectively push-back against the forces the separate adult adoptees from their friends, spouses, children, jobs, family, and everything they've known in their home in the U.S.
---Amanda Transue-Woolston, founder of Lost Daughters