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The North American Council on Adoptable Children is your source for up-to-date news and opinions on issues in foster care and adoption in the US and Canada. Check out our news posts below and subscribe to our enewsletter for news that comes straight to you.

Fostering CHAMPS: New Policy Playbook from a Campaign for Quality Foster Parents

From Adoptalk 2019, Issue 1; Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership In partnership with CHildren Need AMazing Parents (CHAMPS), a national policy campaign to ensure bright futures for kids in foster care by promoting the highest quality parenting, NACAC is committed to raising awareness for policy and practice reform that prioritizes the needs of foster parents across… Read more

Categories: Articles

NACAC Opposes Decision to Permit Discrimination in South Carolina

This week, the Trump administration granted government-contracted child welfare agencies in South Carolina permission to discriminate against Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Unitarian, atheist, agnostic, and other prospective foster and adoptive parents who don’t share the same religious beliefs as agency leaders.  This decision is in response to a request made last year by South Carolina governor… Read more

Categories: Articles

Foster Care Numbers Up for Fifth Straight Year

From Adoptalk 2018, Issue 4; Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership.  The number of children and teens in US foster care and the number of youth adopted from foster care rose in 2017, according to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS).  Every fiscal year, AFCARS collects data on all the children in foster care and… Read more

Categories: Uncategorized

Center for American Progress, NACAC, and Voice for Adoption Release Report on Religious Refusal Bills

Currently, 10 states have religious exemption laws permitting adoption and foster care agencies to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ+) youth in care and prospective parents. This year in particular, we have seen several attempts to allow anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination under the guise of religious freedom. In May, NACAC spoke up against bills… Read more

Categories: Articles

NACAC Opposes Lobbying to Allow Discrimination Against Jewish Parents in South Carolina

This February, the South Carolina Department of Social Services informed state-contracted faith-based foster care agency Miracle Hill Ministries that it could lose federal funding if it continued to discriminate against non-Christian families. South Carolina’s governor, Henry McMaster, intervened in the case and issued a statewide executive order exempting faith-based child protection agencies from laws prohibiting… Read more

Categories: Articles

NACAC Opposes Proposed Rule Allowing Indefinite Detaining of Children

In September, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services released a proposed rule that would force immigrant parents at the border to decide between waiving their child’s protection from indefinite detention in DHS facilities or surrendering their children over to the federal government.  At NACAC, we are familiar with the devastating… Read more

Categories: Laws, Legislators, Uncategorized

NACAC Offers Free Webinars on Adoption Assistance

Adoption Assistance Benefits and Eligibility Thursday, November 29 at 2:00 pm central (noon pacific, 1:00 pm mountain, 3:00 pm eastern) Register to attend the adoption assistance webinar or receive the recording afterward Do you want to better understand adoption assistance benefits? In this session, you will learn the basics of adoption assistance for children adopted… Read more

Categories: Adoption Assistance, Training, Webinar

NACAC Supports LGBTQ+ Foster and Adoptive Parents in Amicus Brief

In March 2018, the city of Philadelphia learned that two of its foster care providers would not allow same-sex couples to be foster parents. One agency changed its policy and began serving same-sex couples. The other—Catholic Social Services (CSS)—did not, and Philadelphia stopped referring children to them. Catholic Social Services and four of its foster… Read more

Categories: Articles, Laws, Legislators, LGBTQ

NACAC Opposes Texas Court Ruling on ICWA

This week, US District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) unconstitutional in the case of Brackeen v. Zinke, where a non-Native American couple sued for the right to circumvent ICWA’s placement preferences and adopt a Native American toddler they were fostering. By focusing on race rather than a child’s citizenship in… Read more

Categories: Articles, Laws, Legislators, Policymakers, Positions

5 Takeaways from NACAC’s 2018 Conference

  Each year, the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) hosts a conference for individuals who have been touched by adoption and foster care. From social workers to adoptees, the conference gives the child welfare community an opportunity to learn more about the complex issues surrounding adoption, foster, and kinship care.  While the information… Read more

Categories: 2018 NACAC Conference, Articles, NACAC Conference

Honor the Heroes Helping Children in Care

Encouraging positive change means taking the time to honor those that fight to overcome obstacles and support communities in need. To focus attention on the crucial need for strong post-adoption support services and advocates for children in foster care, Voice for Adoption (VFA) — a nonprofit organization that works to create policy for the safety… Read more

Categories: Uncategorized

NACAC Joins Child Welfare Organizations to Oppose Aderholt Amendment

The undersigned organizations call on the Congress to immediately reject a recent amendment that was included in the House Appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education. Sponsored by Congressman Robert Aderholt, the amendment is described as an attempt to promote religious freedom. It is based on legislation that has been… Read more

Categories: Laws, Legislators

NACAC Protects Immigrating Children

by Anna Libertin, NACAC’s Communications Specialist, and Mary Boo, NACAC’s Executive Director.    Earlier this spring, the US was highly focused on the impact of the Department of Homeland Security’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy that forcibly separated thousands of families, sending children to massive detention centers across the country while their parents were placed in… Read more

Categories: Laws, Legislators

NACAC Stands Against Trump Administration’s Separation of Family and Parents

By implementing a “zero tolerance” immigration policy, the United States Department of Homeland Security has forcibly separated thousands of families in the past six weeks, sending children to massive detention centers across the country while their parents are placed in detention centers or deported. Many are rightly saying that this policy is unjust. As an… Read more

Categories: Laws, Legislators

NACAC Joins Other Child Welfare Organizations to Oppose Discrimination

This legislative session, legislatures in Kansas and Oklahoma have passed bills that would allow agencies to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. We encourage you to join us in our efforts to combat these bills that will prevent children and teens from having a loving family. Read our letter to Oklahoma Governor Fallin… Read more

Categories: Uncategorized

Campaign Seeks to Ensure Children Have Amazing Parents

In 2017, NACAC joined other organizations—including FosterClub, the Youth Law Center, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Children’s Village, and Christian Alliance for Orphans—in a national campaign to ensure bright futures for children in foster care by promoting the highest quality parenting. Called CHAMPS, the campaign builds on research that shows loving, supportive families—whether birth… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Parenting

2016 Saw More Children in Foster Care and More Adopted

Just as it has for the last few years, the number of children and youth in the U.S. foster care system rose in federal fiscal year 2016. As of September 30, 2016, 437,465 children were in care—up from 427,444 in 2015 and 396,966 in 2012. The increase was expected given the continuing impact of the… Read more

Categories: Advocacy

Proposal to Eliminate the Adoption Tax Credit Reversed!

November 9, 2017 Good news! The House Ways and Means Committee has reversed the proposed elimination of the adoption tax credit! Thank you for joining us to fight for the adoption tax credit and for vulnerable children and families. Below is the statement of the Adoption Tax Credit Working Group, of which NACAC is a… Read more

Categories: Adoption Tax Credit, Advocacy, Laws, Policymakers

NACAC Offers Free Webinar — Strategic Sharing: Using Personal Stories for Child Welfare Advocacy

Recorded on November 29, 2017: Strategic Sharing: Using Personal Stories for Child Welfare Advocacy Access the recorded webinar This webinar for young people who have experienced foster care and/or adoption, adoptive and foster parents, and leaders interested in child welfare advocacy teaches how personal stories can be powerful advocacy tools. This session addresses why personal… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Sharing Personal Stories, Training

Video Series Highlights Kinship Care

On October 24th, the Annie E. Casey Foundation released a free, five-part online video training series that teaches child welfare professionals how to engage kinship caregivers. The videos are facilitated by kinship care expert, Dr. Joseph Crumbley, who has trained and consulted worldwide on the unique experiences and issues facing kinship families. The videos are… Read more

Categories: Kinship Care, Parenting, Parenting Strategies
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