‘You love this country, and it’s taken from you’: Adoption doesn’t guarantee US citizenship

Marisa Kwiatkowski - USA TODAY

This article from USA Today shares the stories of international adoptees in the United States who grew up believing they were U.S. citizens, only to find that international adoption does not guarantee citizenship. "The National Council for Adoption and other organizations estimate that 15,000 to 18,000 adults who were adopted as children by U.S. citizens do not have U.S. citizenship. But no one knows for sure; the federal government does not track how many adoptees receive citizenship," says the article. The article describes the challenges they face in not being able to provide proof of legal status or eligibility to work in the U.S.