America’s Newest (and Youngest) Citizens Welcomed in Special National Adoption Month Ceremony

Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Alejandro Mayorkas and Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Janice L. Jacobs meet families at the U.S. Department of State's National Adoption Month Event in Washington, D.C. on November 8, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Esperanza Tilghman serves as a Public Affairs Officer in the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

"Intercountry adoption is an important matter of foreign policy. It provides the opportunity for loving parents to offer a permanent home and a family for children who need that. And it deepens and enriches our culture and builds on one of the America’s greatest strengths, our diversity." -Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton

On November 8, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton joined Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Janice L. Jacobs, and Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Alejandro Mayorkas in a special ceremony commemorating November as National Adoption Month. The special ceremony, coordinated by the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs in partnership with USCIS, honored… more »

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks at the presentation of certificates of U.S. citizenship at the Department of State’s National Adoption Month Event at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on November 8, 2012. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2012/11/200303.htm.

Special Citizenship Ceremony for Adopted Children

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 7, 2012


In recognition of National Adoption Month, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will host a Special Citizenship Ceremony for Adopted Children at the George C. Marshall Center at the Department of State on November 8, 2012 at 10:15 a.m.

This event will congratulate recently adopted children on becoming citizens of the United States and recognize the decision of their parents to build their families through intercountry adoption.

This event will also highlight the role of the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security in ensuring an ethical and transparent intercountry adoption process. In addition to Secretaries Clinton and Napolitano, senior officials from the Bureau of Consular Affairs and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will be present.

Both Secretaries will deliver brief remarks and present Certificates of Citizenship at the event.

This event is open to the press. To confirm your attendance, please contact the Bureau of Consular Affairs press office atCAPRESSREQUESTS@state.gov.

Pre-set time for cameras: 9:00 a.m. from the 21st Entrance Lobby. 
Final access for journalists and still photographers: 9:45 a.m. from the 21st Entrance Lobby.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver’s license, passport).