Make a Phone Call
Want to call your Representative and Senators?
Phone calls are the best way to advocate! You can find your members' phone numbers at ContactingCongress.org.
We've drafted a sample message for you, but we encourage you to personalize your message, if possible. If you have a connection to adoption, emphasize why this issue is especially important to you. It’s okay to write out your talking points/messaging in advance. Keep it friendly and factual. Express your gratitude for their time and indicate that you’ll be following up soon.
Reminder: Due to COVID-19, the majority of congressional office staff continue to work from home. Therefore, you may be asked to leave a message or send an email, but be sure to request that a staff member return a call to you for discussion.
Hi, my name is ________ and I'm a constituent of Senator/Representative _______, living in _______. I'm calling because I want to see the Adoptee Citizenship Act passed in this session of Congress. I believe that all international adoptees who were brought here as children by their U.S. citizen parents deserve the safety, security, and stability of full citizenship that they were promised through intercountry adoption. Congress passed a partial fix with the Child Citizenship Act of 2000, but it left behind an entire contingent of adoptees who today have no other pathway to citizenship that is equitable to all other children of U.S. citizens. It's through no fault of their own that this happened and we owe it to them to make it right.
I'm asking your office to get involved in two ways:
First, I am asking the Senator/Representative to co-sponsor the Adoptee Citizenship Act, S. 1554/H.R. 2731. This is a long overdue fix for adoptees. Their family, their friends, and their community is here —their citizenship should be too.
Second, I am asking the Senator/Representative to urge Colleagues on the Judiciary Committees to move the bill out of Committee for a vote on the Floor as soon as possible so that we can restore the promise of adoption and grant these individuals their rightful, full citizenship.
Can I count on the Senator/Representative to review the bill and consider sponsoring?
Before you hang up, ask for an email address to send follow up information to. Send an email, thank them for their time, provide follow up resources (i.e. a factsheet from this site, a link to the bill) and offer to answer questions.