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Live From the ARD: Booth Week! Did Your Legislator Stop by?

The Adoptee Rights Coalition has been rocking the Adoptee Rights message inside of the convention center at the National Conference of State Legislators for several years now.  Each year, the ARC reports that more and more people are coming to their booth to say hello and take information.  The ARC as quickly built a great rapport with legislators and their staff.

While I’m no longer in Chicago to give you live updates, I got the scoop from someone who is.  Claudia Corrigan D’Arcy, auxiliary board member for the Adoptee Rights Coalition, has been posting updates and pictures live to the Adoptee Rights Facebook page.  Claudia told me that Louisiana legislators have been stopping by the booth in droves.  There’s also interest in Adoptee Rights in Kentucky and Ohio.  Adoptee visitors have also been stopping by.  Karen Mayne from Utah made her yearly stop by the booth as well.

Jim Mandenberg, Linda Gambino, and the mama we all know and love as “Cheerio.”

Gaye Tannenbaum and Cheerio speaking with Karen Mayne from Utah

Stay tuned.  If you’d like your legislators to stop by the booth, why not give their staff a call or email and let them know?  Let lawmakers and the public know where you stand on Adoptee Rights.  The ARC has a goal of 2000 “likes” on Facebook before the end of the NCSL week.  Help ’em out.

About Amanda (22 Articles)
Amanda serves the adoption and foster care communities through individual and family clinical work, group work, writing and presenting, and policy advocacy. Her writing and presentations reach broad audiences through multiple books, magazines, news and radio interviews, and conferences, and she has engaged legislators at the state and congressional levels. Her writing and work focuses on the experience of being adopted, intersecting social justice issues, and adoption community centered & initiated movement toward positive change. Amanda is a Yahoo!Voices featured mom activist and is listed in the Top 20 Adoption blogs by Adoptive Families Magazine.

2 Comments on Live From the ARD: Booth Week! Did Your Legislator Stop by?

  1. I am so glad you are talking about what is happening inside the convention – I think sometimes that gets lost in the conversation. Winning legislators over based on facts and dialogue so they are already on board when adult adoptees approach them in their state is key.

    I “liked” the ARC facebook page under my name today! So proud of all of you who put yourself out year after year!

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