News & Updates

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.

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

Nominate a Group or Individual for a NACAC Award

submit a nomination Each year, NACAC honors leaders in adoption and child welfare for their efforts to ensure that children have families and families have the support they need. We are currently accepting nominations for our 2020 awards, which will be presented at the NACAC conference in Toronto, Ontario from August 26–29. (View a list… Read more

Categories: 2020 NACAC Conference, Annual Conference

NACAC Offers Free Webinars on Adoption Assistance

Adoption Assistance Benefits and Eligibility Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CST Register here 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… Read more

Categories: Adoption Assistance, Training, Webinar

Adoption Tax Credit Webinar Just Announced

Have questions about how to claim the adoption tax credit? On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at 2 pm central time (noon pacific, 1 pm mountain, and 3 pm eastern), NACAC’s adoption tax credit expert, Josh Kroll, will present a webinar on the federal adoption tax credit outlining the steps to file for the adoption credit… Read more

Categories: Adoption Tax Credit

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

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

[This is information for the 2019 conference but we will update all in the coming months to reflect the 2020 conference in Toronto, Ontario! We leave information below as a template.] NACAC’s 45th annual adoption and foster care conference offers child welfare professionals an amazing opportunity for inspiration, information, and empowerment. With more than 80… Read more

Categories: 2019 NACAC Conference, NACAC Conference

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 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
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