Hi, my name is Marissa Hernandez. I am a senior at the University of North Texas and I am gradating with a Bachelor in social work this spring of 2018! Like most people, I did not quite understand what adoption really was before Gladney. All I knew was that I wanted to help those in need to have a forever home. Therefore, my professor at North Texas linked me to Gladney and now I could not imagine doing my internship anywhere else.
Gladney is partnering with Kidsave this summer to bring a group of Colombian orphans to the Dallas/Fort Worth area in July to live with host families. The host families, along with Kidsave, will help them find adoptive families.
Nothing is more important than our children, and no role is more significant than advocating for children, especially the most vulnerable children who have suffered abuse or neglect or who have been removed from their biological families.
As Congress works to resolve the important issues around DACA, please do not forget another group of foreign-born children who were brought into United States legally, and adopted by U.S citizens, yet do not have U.S. citizenship. There are the internationally adopted persons who fell into a loophole that was created when Congress passed the Child Citizenship Act of 2000. (Read Adopted Persons Deserve Equal Protection.)
ALL ADOPTED PERSONS DESERVE EQUAL PROTECTION
UNDER U.S. LAW
"100 years ago, children who were adopted were not automatically able to inherit from their adoptive parents in the same way biological children were. Today, we cannot imagine how adopted children could have fewer rights than other children born into a family. Surprisingly, a far more tragic legal discrepancy exists today: Two children adopted from the same country to the same family could have totally different rights, depending on whether a child entered the country in one year over another, or with a document containing a “4” instead of a “3;” one child could enter the U.S. as an automatic citizen, and the other child could remain vulnerable to deportation. The most vulnerable among us, the children, deserve equal protection under the law."
We know that you want adoption facts as you explore adoption for your family. We know that you need to weigh the challenges, the investment and the wait.
Gladney is excited to share with you an opportunity to host a Colombian orphan this summer in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area.