We’re Adoptees United, and we’re just getting started.
Who We Are
Adopted people are not easily categorized, yet we are everywhere, from all sorts of countries and backgrounds, often accompanied by all sorts of crazy stories. This means that those who started Adoptees United must consciously work to build a board and an organization that reflects all adoptees in the United States, whether domestic, intercountry, transracial, former foster youth, and others. Four of us have committed to begin that work, which we acknowledge will change as we move forward and will likely remain ongoing and unfinished. But we need you to join and to pitch in if you feel you too can commit to building a diverse organization that works on behalf of all adult adoptees. If that’s you, let us know.
What We Are About
We are about equality for all adult adoptees, whether it relates to original birth certificates, U.S. citizenship, or eliminating inequitable treatment of adoptees wherever it exists in the United States. Our initial focus will be on supporting efforts to enact equal rights legislation across the country, including supporting work to change state vital records laws and to secure U.S. citizenship for all intercountry adoptees—no matter the adopted person’s age or date of adoption.
Our key word is support, not control. We will work to build on and expand existing and like-minded grassroots efforts. We will bring people together, build coalitions, fund initiatives, help with logistics, and produce expert resources that can be used in state and national work. If we do it right, we can become a powerful national voice for all adult adoptees. But, to do that, we must unite around one guiding principle: Equality. For all. We think we can do that.
Have questions? Read more about what we hope to do here. And jump in, because we really are just getting started.