About the Author: Ambassador Susan Jacobs serves as Special Advisor for Children's Issues.
There are many wonderful events to celebrate National Adoption Month and many more planned for National Adoption Day on November 20. One of my favorite moments was participating in a magnificent citizenship ceremony in New York City last Thursday. Sixteen children adopted from China, Haiti, Korea, Guatemala, Ethiopia, and St. Lucia, and ranging in age from one to 16 years old, took the oath of allegiance and received their certificates of naturalization as their parents and loved ones cheered.
I was honored to participate in this emotional and patriotic event, alongside Lauren Kielsmeier, Acting Deputy Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration services (USCIS) and Andrea J. Quarantillo, USCIS New York District Director. Together, we celebrated the wonderful children that made this citizenship ceremony so unique, as well as their parents, who chose to build families through intercountry adoption. As Secretary Clinton said in her National Adoption Month message, “Every boy and girl deserves the chance to grow up safe, happy and loved. This month, we honor the great commitment of all families who embrace children through adoption -- thank you. Thank you for changing a child's life.”
Congratulations to these newest Americans and their wonderful families!
More information on intercountry adoption can be found here.