NCSL and ARC

The National Conference of State Legislators and annual Adoptee Rights Demonstration

For the past six years, the Adoptee Rights Coalition has worked to raise public awareness outside of the National Conference of State Legislators with the Adoptee Rights Demonstration.  Our demonstration has grown to include hundreds of protesters.  Our demonstration participants include adult adoptees, original family members, and adoptive family members connected to various forms of adoption.  We are also joined by social workers, organization leaders, journalists, and graduate students.  Last year, we were followed by three documentary crews.

While the protest happens outside the convention center each year, there's work going on inside the building as well. With all the attention the demonstration itself gets, we wanted to take a moment to highlight the hard work going on inside the exhibit hall at the NCSL Annual Legislative Summit.

The Summit is the largest convention of the NCSL. Over 5,000 legislators, legislative staff, government officials, business representatives, union members, foundation representatives and others interested in public policy are in attendance.

The National Conference of State Legislatures is the largest group of its kind, the national organization of state lawmakers. The Adoptee Rights Coalition believes maintaining a presence both protesting outside the convention center, while staffing a booth inside the exhibit hall, is the best way to reach legislators.

The Exhibit Hall is open for three days during the convention, during which time the booth is staffed by those with legislative experience in their home States.  During our time in the booth, we collect contact information to provide follow up correspondence with legislators, staff and other attendees during the year. Our state legislators are able to meet with us in a relaxed, casual atmosphere, and have the opportunity to learn about Adoptee Rights in a venue conducive to education.  Over the past six years, our both has become a very popular spot for legislators and their staff to come and chat.

The Adoptee Rights Coalition is proud to be an NCSL Exhibitor.  Each year that we are invited back to participate in this esteemed opportunity, it is a direct reflection of the hard work of each of our supporters.  For this, we could not be more appreciative.