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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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Ethical Issues in Adoption

Child Welfare Information Gateway offers a range of information and links related to general adoption ethics and ethics related to placement, services, safeguarding children’s and birth families’ rights and other topics.

PACT: A collection of articles, essays, videos and reviews on adoption ethics. Adoption should always be about child welfare first, but there are questions about ways in which the system has been susceptible to influence by money or adults who aren’t placing children first. 

Parents for Ethical Adoption Reform (PEAR): started as a grassroots group of adoptive and prospective adoptive parents in Pennsylvania, this nonprofit organization with worldwide membership works toward reforming the existing adoption system so that it represents the best interest of the people most impacted by the system: the children and their families, both original and adoptive.

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