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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.


Thank You!

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 Is Offering Great Webinars
on Key Adoption Issues

NACAC is hosting a series of webinars on key topics for adoptive and foster parents. This fall we are offering several free webinars through some of our grant programs:

October 31, 1 p.m. central — Developing a Youth Speak Out Advocacy Team (from Community Champions Network) — Nathan Ross and Kim Stevens present this session for individuals and agencies looking to expand their advocacy and public awareness efforts in partnership with true experts — those youth who have experienced adoption, foster care, or kinship care. Learn the basics of development, promotion, and maintenance of youth public speaking teams. — Register

November 10, 2 p.m. central — Adoption Assistance Eligibility and Benefits (from the Adoption Subsidy Resource Center)— In this session, Josh Kroll will share the basics of adoption assistance for children adopted from foster care, including eligibility, benefits, taxes, and more. The workshop is designed for both prospective parents seeking to learn more about the support available for the children they adopt and parents who are seeking an adjustment due to a change in their child's need or circumstances. — Register

November 19, 11 a.m. central — Hidden in Plain Sight: Accessing Funding for Specialized Youth Permanency Services (from Advocates for Families First)— In the late 1990s, child welfare leaders developed a model for specialized youth permanency services across the country. Sadly, many of the projects ended, often because counties and states failed to see that services more than paid for themselves. In this webinar, Gail Johnson Vaughan introduces a proven methodology that creates the fiscal capacity for counties and states to provide the specialized youth permanency services needed to achieve permanent families for their youth at no net cost. — Register

 

You can also purchase access recordings of someof our earlier webinars, which cover trauma, managing feelings and behaviors, acting out, food issues, adoption tax credit, FASD, and more. Certificates of attendance are available for paid webinars.

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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