Adoptees United Inc. hopes to add up to three new members to its board of directors. Here are more details and what we are looking to do.
AU is committed to building and maintaining strong connections to a widely diverse group of adopted people, and we are specifically focused on adding board members who represent or identify as intercountry adoptees, transracial or interracial adoptees, or former foster youth. That is our current priority in expanding the board.
We are a national non-profit tax-exempt organization with an unwavering commitment to equality for all adopted people. To date our board has endorsed position statements on U.S. citizenship for intercountry adoptees as well as equal rights for adoptees in obtaining original birth certificates and other identity documents. We anticipate endorsing additional efforts that will ultimately reflect the broad backgrounds of all adopted people. While our focus is generally on adult adopted people, our work may also involve issues that impact adopted children but lead to lasting change for everyone.
Being a board member involves bringing what matters to you to our leadership and community efforts. Board members commit at least ten hours a year in meetings to determine the priorities and overall direction of the organization. We also assume that board members will remain engaged in their own communities and will commit time to issues that energize and impact them. While we do not offer stipends to our board members it is something we may consider if financial issues are a burden to participation.
If you are interested in becoming an AU board member, please email your interest to us at [email protected], and include in that email what you can offer (and feel free to recommend others that you believe should be heard and part of the adoptee rights movement). We will then follow up with anyone expressing interest.
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