The Adoptee Citizenship Act:
The Adoptee Citizenship Act 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. The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 (HR 2883) made intercountry adoptees citizens but from February 27th, 2001 and on. It did not give retro-active citizenship to adoptees before that date. The Adoptee Citizenship Act would grant retroactive U.S. citizenship to all internationally adopted individuals regardless of when they were adopted.
The Adoptee Rights Campaign (ARC):
The Adoptee Rights Campaign is a diverse group of intercountry adoptees and allies that formed a coast to coast coalition to support and advance the
rights of adoptees.The Adoptee Rights Campaign (ARC)’s purpose is to educate, organize and advocate for adoptee and human rights. These include but are not limited to the rights to: automatic
citizenship in the receiving country, adoption information, birth family information, health history, and safe and healthy adoption placements. Their current work focuses on passing the Adoptee
Citizenship Act to ensure that all intercountry adoptees in the U.S. have the citizenship they should have obtained as children when they were brought into the country.
In September 2009, Grace Song established ASIA Families in the Washington, DC metro area to meet the complex needs of Korean adoptees and adoptive families. Through her gentle heart and passionate leadership, ASIA Families has extended its services to reach out to over 1000 Korean adoptees and adoptive families in the United States. ASIA Families’ Vision is to support Korean adoptees and their families; build healthy self-esteem among adoptees; and to grow adoptee leaders through cultural resources. ASIA Families provides a Korean Culture School, Camp Rice culture camp and a Tour to Korea.
Connect-A-Kid is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization providing post-adoption services to adopted children and their families in the form of a mentorship program both nationally and internationally. A team-based approach is utilized to help foster and encourage interaction between children and the mentors. Connect-A-Kid’s goal is to foster a commitment to young adopted children that will connect the adoption community, promote lifelong friendships, and provide support to the children and to the entire family. It is through these relationships that Connect-A-Kid will enhance their social responsibility of invigorating and empowering the youth among the adoption community to continue down their path to adulthood with both pride and confidence. We have Baltimore and DC teams with mentors from Korea and China. The teams meet once a month for activities, such as bowling, laser tag, ice skating, pottery making and museum tours. Connect-A-Kid’s Program Director is Elizabeth Kolar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I Am Adoptee:
Every story is unique. Every narrator is an individual. Created by adoptees for adoptees, we believe there is never one way to define us. I AM ADOPTEE came from the idea that we believe that our adoption status is ever evolving as part of a lifelong human experience. I AM ADOPTEE believes it is our journey that defines us in life! I Am Adoptee connectsadoptees locally, nationally, and globally.
The mission of the IKAA Network is to enrich the global adoption community, promote the sharing of information and resources between adult adoptee associations, strengthen cross-cultural relations, and innovate post-adoption services for the broader international adoptee community. This is a network of Korean Adoptee groups across the world who come together with the desire for unity within the Korean adoptee community.
NAKASEC was founded in 1994 by local community centers in Los Angeles seeking to empower and improve the lives of Korean Americans. The NAKASEC Action Fund is NAKASEC’s 501(c)(4) advocacy arm. They are located in Annandale, VA and Los Angeles, CA and also have affiliates in Los Angeles, CA and Chicago, IL.
Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network (KAAN):
Their mission is to improve the lives of Korean-born adoptees by connecting the community and providing opportunities for dialogue, education, and support. They have large conferences that feature artists, panels, and social events.
Me and Korea:
Me and Korea is a non-profit organization based in California that provides annual tours to Korea for adoptees and they also sponsor other projects. Their main goal is to remove some of the barriers that prevent adoptees from experiencing Korea firsthand by providing opportunities for adoptees to learn about their roots through Korean culture and the people of their motherland. The Mosaic Tour is offered annually during the summer for Korean adult adoptees. Their name comes from “I want to know about me and I also want to know about Korea." They are also working to get Captain Keon-Su Lee’s memoir, Dazzling Hope, translated into English. The founder is Minyoung Kim.