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US House passes bill that grants intercountry adoptees benefits, paths back to US if they’ve been deported

Adoptee Citizenship
  • The National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC) and Adoptees For Justice have worked together for the past eight years to pass the Adoptee Citizenship Act, which was approved along with the America COMPETES Act on Friday by a vote of 222-210 in the House of Representatives.
  • “There are people in the United States that know this country as their home; who were adopted, but were not granted citizenship even though they are part of American families,” Congressman Andy Kim (D-N.J.) told NextShark.
  • If enacted into law, “the Adoptee Citizenship Act will enable thousands of adoptees to access critical supports like disability benefits, social security, housing, and education loans, and provide a pathway for adoptees who have been unjustly deported to return home and be reunited with their families.”
  • The bill is now on its way to the Senate floor for consideration.

The House of Representatives passed the America COMPETES Act with the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2021, a bill that would grant benefits to thousands of adoptees who were legally adopted and brought to the U.S. by their citizen parents.

The National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC) and Adoptees For Justice — “an intercountry adoptee-led social justice organization” — have worked together for the past eight years in an effort to pass the Adoptee Citizenship Act, which was approved with the America COMPETES Act on Friday by a vote of 222-210.

He Was Abandoned After Being Burned as A Baby, Then a Loving Seattle Couple Adopted Him

Wen Huber

This article was originally published on Love What Matters and reposted with permission.

It all started with a fire, or at least that’s what I’ve been told from the people around me. The scars on my body remind me of it every day. I don’t really remember much from the accident. I can’t even recall the pain because I was only around 1 year old when it happened. Nobody knows exactly how I was burned but the theory is that there was an accident and my family may have not been able to pay for the bills so they had to make the difficult decision of giving me up to save my life, knowing they may never see me again. This is the theory, and we don’t know for sure.

Woman Finds Her Biological Korean Family 33 Years After She Was Adopted

mallory guy

Although Mallory Guy grew up with a wonderful childhood in Parma, Ohio, she has maintained a deep longing to find out more about her origins and her biological family back in South Korea.

Adopted from South Korea in 1986 when she was just 6 months old, Guy has only great memories living with her adoptive parents who have one biological child and three other adopted children, the News-Herald reports.

Adoptive Father of Airman Who Died in Apparent S‌u‌‌i‌c‌‌i‌d‌‌e Pens Heartbreaking Facebook Post


A young airman stationed at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland was found d‌e‌a‌d from an apparent s‌u‌ic‌id‌e in his home in Alexandria, Virginia on Saturday night.

Senior Airman XinHua Mesenburg reportedly di‌e‌d from what appears to be a s‌elf-inf‌li‌cte‌d g‌u‌n‌sh‌ot w‌ou‌n‌d, according to his family.

Former Chinese Millionaire Who Adopted Over 100 Abandoned Children Now Fighting Cancer

Li Lijuan, a 43-year-old former millionaire with a heart of gold who spent 20 years adopting abandoned children, is now fighting for her own life after being diagnosed with cancer six years ago.

Li, a self-made businesswoman from Shangquan Village near Wu’an in Hebei Province, made plenty of deals when she first started out back in the 90s. According to her story, as translated by Shanghaiist, she sold a wide range of products from clothing to pirated DVDs. She got married at 17, and by 20, Li became famous in her area for her wealth and being a successful businesswoman.

Long Island Family Takes in Chinese Orphan Girl After Biological Parents Abandon Her

A couple from Massapequa, New York, welcomed a new addition to their family, 2-year-old Lia Lililing, despite already having children and grandchildren of their own.

Lililing, a Chinese orphan, was born with craniosynostosis, a rare condition that greatly affects the child’s skull and could later cause severe developmental problems to her brain, according to CBS New York.

Adopted Korean Boy Beaten to Death By Father to Be Commemorated at Maryland School

A South Korean boy who was killed by his adoptive father in the United States back in 2014 will be commemorated with a statue by a school in Maryland.  

The Linwood Center, a school for children with disabilities, announced on Sunday that it will dedicate a statue next week in memory of murdered adoptee Hyunsu O’Callaghan, Yonhap reports (via The Korea Times).