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Our Mission

NACAC promotes and supports permanent families for children and youth in the U.S. and Canada who have been in care—especially those in foster care and those with special needs.

Our Work

To achieve this mission, NACAC focuses its program services in four areas: public policy advocacy, parent leadership capacity building, education and information sharing, and adoption support.


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NACAC is grateful for
the support of our
major funders:

The Debra Steigerwaldt Waller Foundation

 

 

 

North American Council
on Adoptable Children

... because every child deserves a permanent, loving,
and culturally competent family

NACAC Conference Registration Is Now Open! NACAC Is Offering Great Webinars on Key Adoption Issues

The 2014 NACAC conference will be held in Kansas City, Missouri, from July 23–26. Registration is now open for the conference, which includes:

  • more than 90 educational workshops on a wide variety of adoption and foster care topics
  • three pre-conference sessions (on trauma, youth permanency, and serving LGBTQ youth)
  • a two-day conference for youth ages 18–25
  • children's programming for those 6–17

 

Learn more

NACAC's is hosting a series of webinars on key topics for adoptive and foster parents. We'll soon be posting information on our next sessions. The next session is on April 24 — Helping Children Manage Feelings and Behaviors by Sue Badeau. If you can't make it in person, you can purchase access to a recorded vesrion.

You can also purchase access recordings of our earlier webinars, which cover trauma, acting out, food issues, adoption tax credit, FASD, and more.

Learn more

Adoption Tax Credit Is Permanent but Not Refundable NACAC Passes Position Statement on Educational Needs

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, signed into law on January 2, included a provision that made the adoption tax credit permanent. Unfortunately it did not make the adoption credit refundable for 2012 or future years, so the credit will only benefit those adoptive families who have federal income tax liability. The maximum amount of the credit for 2013 will be $12,970.

NACAC will continue to advocate for refundability in the future.

Learn more about the credit
for 2012 adoptions

Read FAQs about the
new law and the credit

Learn more about the
credit in general

At its February 10, 2013 meeting, the NACAC board of directors approved a position statement on Educational Needs of Children and Youth in Foster Care and Adoption.

The statement highlights the many education challenges facing children who have been adopted or who have been in foster care, and outlines policies and pratices that would better support these children and youth. We encourage advocates to pursue system reform that would accomplish the recommended policies and pratices.

Read the statement

NACAC and the Adoption Institute Release New Issue Brief on the Importance of Adoption Assistance NACAC Passes New Position Statement on Educational Needs

NACAC and the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute have partnered on a nationwide campaign to counter efforts by states to cut adoption assistance benefits. Our goal is to raise public awareness, educate policy makers, and provide advocacy materials for parents, professionals, and other activists to use at the state level. On September 19, we released The Vital Role of Adoption Subsidies: Increasing Permanency and Improving Children’s Lives (While Saving States Money) to help individuals understand the value of adoption assistance and advocate to maintain these crucial benefits.

Download the issue brief

Download list of related resources

At its February 10, 2013 meeting, the NACAC board of directors approved a position statement on Educational Needs of Children and Youth in Foster Care and Adoption.

The statement highlights the many education challenges facing children who have been adopted or who have been in foster care, and outlines policies and pratices that would better support these children and youth. We encourage advocates to pursue system reform that would accomplish the recommended policies and pratices.

Read the statement

View Recorded Webinars
on Adoption Assistance
NACAC Passes New Position Statement on Trauma-Informed Care

NACAC recently held two webinars on adoption assistance, and you can download an mp4 file to view the sessions. (Please note the file is 52MB. In some browsers, you need to right click or control click on the link and choose Save Link As to download the file.)

  • Adoption Assistance Benefits and Eligibilitydownload
  • Advocating for Adoption Assistance Programs on — download

 

At its December 11, 2012 meeting, the NACAC board of directors approved a position statement on Access to Trauma-Informed Care.

The statement acknowledges that all children and youth involved in adoption and foster care have experenced trauma, that this trauma affects them and their entire family, and that services provided must take into account the effects of trauma and how best to serve those who have experienced trauma.

Read the statement

 

 

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North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
970 Raymond Avenue, Suite 106
St. Paul, MN 55114
phone: 651-644-3036
fax: 651-644-9848
e-mail: info@nacac.org
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