Trump’s new immigration rules have created a great deal of anxiety among the parents of internationally adopted children. You may ask why? Well, when we adopted in 2004 and 2005 we were told that our children were considered US citizens when they set foot on American soil. They both have passports, final adoption decrees, social security cards. We did not take the extra step to get them a Certificate of Citizenship.
Fast forward to today. Now we need that Certificate. In some cases, it is the only proof that our children are in fact US Citizens. They might need this certificate for employment, scholarships, etc. Rahul and I were both naive to think that the passport was the only thing they needed. Neither of us had any idea that non US citizens on occasion can be given a US passport. Thankfully we have a friend who is also an international adoption attorney. She gave us great advice, and I immediately downloaded this document for Aidan.
Apparently Samantha was supposed to get this document automatically, but we will have to apply for Aidan’s. The fees are double now, $1200. But anything I can do to help our kiddos have every opportunity possible has no cost value. We will make it happen. What a sad world we live in.