As a leader in adoption, the Gladney Center for Adoption has taken an active role advocating for pro – child laws and regulations at the state and national levels. We know Gladney is stronger when we join with families and other organizations. Gladney launched this advocacy page as a resource, to keep families and other child advocates informed about what we are seeing, and to provide a communication avenue for individuals to notify Gladney about other issues you are aware of or to let us know your thoughts about the issues we are following. Please subscribe to our email updates to receive timely information, blogs about important topics, links to pending legislation, and calls to action when significant issues arise. We are looking forward to connecting with you.


Heidi Bruegel Cox, JD
Gladney General Counsel & Vice President

U.S. Adoptees Should Have U.S. Citizenship

Close the loophole.

Through no fault of their own, some people who were adopted internationally by U.S. citizen parents still lack U.S. citizenship today. As a result, these individuals have had to endure numerous problems including difficulty attending college, accessing banking services, or starting their careers. Without their rightful citizenship, they are unable to vote or access critical government supports and services such as the unemployment benefits that helped so many families during this time of financial crisis.

Today, advocates from across the country are uniting to close the loophole and secure permanent citizenship for adoptees by urging Congress to pass the Adoptee Citizenship Act before it expires.

Ready to stand up for adoptee citizenship? Start by visiting our ACA advocacy center. The website is packed full of helpful information and resources, including...

  • Quick details on the citizenship loophole and the proposed solution
  • Sample messages for emailing or calling Congress
  • Shareable graphics for social media
  • Factsheets you can share with your Congressional offices, friends, and family

Advocacy tips to increase your impact—especially if your members of Congress are on the committees reviewing these bills

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