This year we chose to task the Manager of our Washington St. location, Kayli Becker with selecting a campaign to donate a portion of our holiday blend profits to.
If you know Kayli, you know A, she is adopted and has an incredible, loving family and B, she is a strong advocate for adoptee rights.
“When I was five months old, my parents made the long trip to Seoul, South Korea to bring me home to a loving family. When my sisters were in high school, both participated in their International Clubs and would bring new friends home weekly. As you can tell, my childhood memories consist of people from different countries, cultural backgrounds, and skin colors. What my family and I saw were people who wanted community, family, and safety in knowing that when they were with us, they had a home. This cordial mentality has helped me develop into the woman I am today.
In 2000, Bill Clinton passed the Child Citizenship Act that granted all children born after February 28th, 1983 automatic citizenship as long as their parents were American citizens. I remember the day perfectly. I had just been accepted into the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, my best friend and my mother were with me in Finnegan’s Toy’s, and I was standing in line to receive my official certificate stating that I am one of the children protected by this act. At the time I was 11 years old and had no idea how much this would mean to me in the future. Unfortunately for others born before the year 1983, there was no protection to blanket them. Adam Crapser of Vancouver, WA was one of those unlucky people.
There are an estimated 35,000 individuals in the U.S. that are here not illegally, but not as U.S. citizens. The primary cause of this is due to parents who failed to file naturalization papers for the children they swore to love and protect. Born in South Korea as well, Adam Crapser is an unfortunate recipient of such neglect and has been deprived his right to live here as a naturalized citizen.
Growing up with not only one abusive family, but with two, has left Adam without an official country to call home. At the age of three years old Adam was adopted to a family in the Midwest who then shortly after surrendered him to the foster system. Later he was adopted by a family in Oregon where the abuse would continue until the age of 16. He was then removed by that family and was forced to live on the streets. Adam, left without the support of his parents, fell into hard times and was prosecuted for small misdemeanors for which he did his time. Since then Adam has gone on to build his own business, friendships, and a family of his own.
In 2012 he was able to retrieve the paperwork his last adoptive parents still had and tried to renew his Green Card. That was the moment he learned that because of who he was raised and neglected by, he was not an official U.S. citizen. In November of 2016, after a long battle fought by lawyers and the support of the Adoptee Rights Campaign, Adam was deported back to South Korea, a country he hadn’t seen or known since he was a toddler. Although bittersweet, he has been able to find a semblance of family and friends there. Even his birth mother.
The Adoptee Rights Campaign is not only important because of Adam, but for all adoptees who were not placed in a loving family like mine. There are 35,000 potential adopted deportees who are in this position because of parents who broke a promise to another nation as well as to a child. Those who were left without a voice, a choice, or support are at risk of being ripped from the only home they know. By purchasing our Northern Lights Blend this season, you are taking part in a donation that will assist in the education and awareness of situations like Adam’s. Your generosity will go to the Adoptee Rights Campaign whose mission is to help adoptees like Adam and ensures citizenship for all intercountry adoptees. Your support will help pass the Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2015 and keep our people in our communities.