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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.

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Discrimination, But Decision Is Narrow

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 by Mary Boo, executive director Originally published in Adoptalk 2021, Issue 2; Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership. NACAC was deeply disappointed that the US Supreme Court recently ruled against Phil­adelphia in the city’s efforts to ensure that its contractors don’t discriminate against same sex couples seeking to be foster parents. In… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, LGBTQ

Statement and Resources from NACAC about Fighting Racism

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 Once again, our community is outraged following the police killing of an unarmed Black man—Daunte Wright. The trauma of Mr. Wright’s death is amplified by the backdrop of  the horrifying, damning testimony in the Derek Chauvin trial for the death of George Floyd.  We at NACAC condemn the killing of Black… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, NACAC Update, Parenting, Suggested Reading, Transracial

Support NACAC Today!

COVID-19 has changed so many things about our world. But it has not changed NACAC’s commitment to ensuring that every child has a safe, loving, and permanent family supported by their community. We need your help now more than ever to ensure that NACAC is able meet the needs of children and families and the… Read more

Categories: Uncategorized

Important Opportunity! Sign On to Open Letter To Congress from Foster and Kinship Families

We invite you to join NACAC in signing onto an Open Letter to Congress from foster/adoptive families and kinship caregivers. (Please note: We are NOT asking for individuals or individual families to sign on, but for local and state support groups and organizations.) As you probably know, NACAC is a partner to the CHAMPS campaign, a coalition-based… Read more

Categories: Advocacy

Resources for Families During the Pandemic

In this challenging time of anxiety about COVID-19 and how it’s changing our lives, we wanted to share some resources for families. Below are some of the best we’ve seen, including some for specific populations or interests. Coping with Coronavirus The National Child Traumatic Stress Network created a guide with facts about coronavirus and tips… Read more

Categories: NACAC Update, Tips and Techniques

COVID-19 and NACAC Operations

As COVID-19 changes the world around us, we wanted to let you know that NACAC is still here for you. We’re making changes to protect our staff, the families we serve, and the community at large—and to flatten the curve—but we hope these changes don’t affect your ability to get information and help from us… Read more

Categories: NACAC Update

3 Steps to Asking Your Organization to Support Your Attendance at NACAC’s Conference

NACAC’s 46th annual adoption and foster care conference offers child welfare professionals an amazing opportunity for inspiration, information, and empowerment. With more than 60 workshops covering a wide variety of adoption and foster care topics, NACAC’s conference will give you invaluable tools that you can use to enhance your organization’s mission. Because of this, many… Read more

Categories: 2020 NACAC Conference, NACAC Conference

Free Webinars Support Implementation of CORE Teen Training

Is CORE: Teen a curriculum that you might use to help prepare families to care for older youth with moderate to severe emotional and behavioral needs? Are you looking for help implementing  an effective parent/professional co-trainer model? Or are you a potential parent trainer? Then we have the answers you need! Join our series of… Read more

Categories: Uncategorized

Supreme Court to Hear Case That Puts Best Child Welfare Practices at Risk

On Monday, February 24, the US Supreme Court agreed to hear Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The case arises from the city’s requirement that its foster care licensing agencies not discriminate against same sex couples. Catholic Social Services sued the city, arguing that the nondiscrimination policy restricted its right to freedom of religion. (Read… Read more

Categories: Adoption Practice, Advocacy, LGBTQ

Number of Adoptions Highest Ever; Foster Care Population Down

By Mary Boo In federal fiscal year 2018, according to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), more than 63,000 children and teens were adopted from foster care in the US—the highest number ever reported. At the end of the year (September 30, 2018), the number of children in care was 437,283, a… Read more

Categories: Advocacy

NACAC Offers Free Webinars on Adoption Assistance

Adoption Assistance Benefits and Eligibility Access recording Do you want to better understand adoption assistance benefits? In this session, you will learn 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… Read more

Categories: Adoption Assistance, Training, Webinar

NACAC Supports Legislation to End Discrimination in Child Welfare

Today, Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) and Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR) reintroduced the Every Child Deserves a Family Act (ECDF) of 2019 in the US House of Representatives. This bill would improve services to LGBTQ+ children and children of religious minorities, prohibit taxpayer-funded child welfare agencies from discriminating against families and youth, and require child welfare… Read more

Categories: Laws, LGBTQ, Policymakers, Uncategorized

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: Achieving Permanency, Articles, Fact Sheets

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 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
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