It is estimated between 25,000 and 49,000 children adopted to the U.S. between 1945 and 1998 lack U.S. citizenship. Most of them did not become aware of their lack of citizenship until well into their adulthood. Without citizenship, these international adoptees face many barriers, such as having trouble applying for a passport, license, or student financial aid. In some cases, they have been deported to the country in which they were born, where they may have no known family and little chance of succeeding. (Adam Smith, 2019).
The current fee to apply for a Certificate of Citizenship (COC) is $1,170 and to request a copy of a COC or Certificate of Naturalization (CON) is $555. For several adoptees, they may never have received citizenship, or they do not have a copy in their possession. To learn more information about citizenship
Help support adoptees by donating to AdopteeBridge’s Citizenship Scholarship. All funds will be used to support the filing fees associated with adoptees applying for a COC/CON.