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Adoptee Rights Campaign

The Adoptee Rights Campaign (ARC) has launched its 2017 Campaign for the Adoptee Citizenship Act, which intends to grant automatic citizenship to all intercountry adoptees. Since the 1940s, over 300,000 children have been adopted from abroad by U.S. citizen parents with the promise of a better life. The burden of securing citizenship for intercountry adoptees was placed on the adoptive parents, and there are now an estimated 35,000 adult adoptees who lack U.S. citizenship.* Without citizenship, adoptees have limited work and travel options, cannot access public benefits or qualify for home loans, and are at risk for deportation to countries where they have no known family, do not know the language or culture and have little chance of survival.

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