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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.

Action Needed for Adoption & Guardianship Incentive Program

We need you to write to your members of Congress today to fix a funding shortfall in the Adoption and Guardianship Incentive Program!   Background The Adoption and Legal Guardianship Incentive Payments program recognizes and rewards states for improved performance in ensuring children and youth leave foster care to permanent adoptive and guardianship families. Through… More

Categories: Uncategorized

NACAC Offers Free Webinars on Adoption Assistance

Advocating for Adoption Assistance Tuesday, March 20, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CDT Register to attend the advocating for adoption assistance webinar or receive the recording afterward Webinar participants will learn how to advocate for adoption assistance programs in their states or province. In these tight financial times, legislators sometimes seek to cut adoption… More

Categories: Adoption Assistance, Training

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… 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… 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… 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… 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… More

Categories: Kinship Care, Parenting, Parenting Strategies

National Adoption Month Website Has Launched

The Children’s Bureau, in collaboration with its information service, Child Welfare Information Gateway, and AdoptUSKids, just announced the launch of the 2017 National Adoption Month website! Every November, the field honors the families who have adopted, the families considering adoption, and the adoption professionals who make it possible for children and youth to find their… More

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Recruiting Families, Uncategorized

How to Write a Waiting Child Profile: AdoptUSKids Releases New Narrative-Writing Guidelines for Effective, Strength-Based Photolisting

AdoptUSKids has recently published new public narrative-writing guidelines developed to help workers craft compelling narratives that protect the safety, privacy, and dignity of children. The principle behind these guidelines is that information about children should be shared on a continuum, with positive, descriptive information in the public profile that is available to all and information… More

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice, Recruiting Families, Tips and Techniques, Training

NACAC Offers Free Webinar on Getting Your Message Heard

Recorded on September 21, 2017: Getting Your Message Heard: Taking Advantage of National Adoption Awareness Month Participants will learn how to use National Adoption Awareness Month as a way to raise awareness about how your adoptive parent group, youth network, or organization can help adoptive families and youth who have experienced foster care or adoption… More

Categories: Messaging

Report Features Data to Support Positive Child and Family Well-Being

A new Casey Family Programs illuminates the importance of HOPE—Health Outcomes of Positive Experiences—a framework that studies and promotes positive child and family well-being. Balancing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) with HOPE presents data that reinforces the need and opportunity to support families and communities in the cultivation of relationships and environments that promote healthy childhood… More

Categories: Adoption Practice, Trauma

Let Your Members of Congress Know How Much the Adoption Tax Credit Matters to You!

As many of you know, the adoption tax credit (ATC) is vulnerable and may be eliminated as part of tax reform – and we need your help to save it! Join us as we work to keep pressure on Congress to save the credit that makes it possible for all families to adopt. Help us… More

Categories: Adoption Tax Credit, Advocacy, Uncategorized
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Get Your “Got Family?” T-shirt

Our T-shirts were a big hit at recent NACAC conferences. And now is a great time for you to order yours! The price of the T-shirts varies from $21 to $24—depending on the quantity you are ordering—and includes shipping and handling… More

Categories: NACAC Update

Adoption Tax Credit Webinar Just Announced

Have questions about how to claim the adoption tax credit? On January 31, 2017 at 2 pm central time (noon pacific, 1 pm mountain, and 3 pm eastern), NACAC’s adoption tax credit expert, Josh Kroll, presented a webinar on the federal adoption tax credit outlining the steps to file for the adoption credit. The focus… More

Categories: Adoption Tax Credit

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