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

by Mary Boo, executive director 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 a unanimous decision in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, the court issued a narrow ruling in… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, LGBTQ

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

2019 Adoptions Hit Highest Number Ever While Foster Care Population Declined

By Mary Boo, NACAC executive director Originally published in Adoptalk 2020: issue 3. Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership.   For federal fiscal year 2019, the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) found that than 66,035 children and teens were adopted with public agency involvement in the US—the highest number ever… Read more

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Advocacy, Articles, Fact Sheets

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

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

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

Advocating for Adoption Assistance Webinar

Learn how to advocate for adoption assistance programs in your state or province. In these tight financial times, legislators sometimes seek to cut adoption assistance programs and advocates need to be ready to respond. Even if your adoption assistance program is not under threat, proactive advocacy can help maintain and even enhance these important benefits… Read more

Categories: Adoption Assistance, Advocacy, How to Advocate For Support, Training, Webinar

Separation of Immigrant Families and Detention of Children

Philosophy Too many families who are immigrating to the US—particularly those from Central America—have been or are separated when they reach the US border. Some children and teens reach the border alone without parents. The US government has struggled with how to respond to immigrating families and unaccompanied children, and has recently caused significant harm… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Positions

Intercountry Adoptee Citizenship

Philosophy To date, at least 35 intercountry adoptees in the US have been deported to their country of birth because their adoptive parents did not complete the required naturalization and citizenship process for their child. In Canada, adoptees face similar circumstances and can be deported if their parents did not obtain citizenship for them. The… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Positions

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

Parents As Changemakers: Effective Policy Advocacy Webinar

Do you have ideas that would strengthen foster care in your area? Not sure where to start to advocate for the changes you want? We can help! NACAC is working with CHAMPS (Children Need Amazing Parents) to help you make policy changes in your state. In this session, we will review the CHAMPS policy goals… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Parenting, Training, Webinar

Tax Policy to Encourage Permanence for Foster Children and Youth

Philosophy NACAC believes that federal, state, and provincial governments bear a responsibility to children and youth who leave foster care to join a permanent family. These children and youth often have lifelong special needs and disabilities that can create a financial burden on their families for years to come. Therefore, tax policy should focus on… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Positions

Best Interests of the Child or Youth

Philosophy NACAC’s position statements often refer to the best interests of a child or youth, so below we detail what we believe should be included in assessments of a child’s or youth’s best interests. NACAC acknowledges that such determinations are extremely challenging and that workers and judges often must balance competing best interests such as… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Positions

Gay and Lesbian Foster Care and Adoption

Philosophy   Children should not be denied a permanent family because of the sexual orientation of potential parents.   Practice and Policy Recommendations All prospective foster and adoptive parents, regardless of sexual orientation, should be given fair and equal consideration. NACAC opposes rules and legislation that restrict the consideration of current or prospective foster and… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Positions

Adoption/Guardianship Incentive Program

Philosophy NACAC recognizes the important role of national governments in providing policy leadership and financial support in encouraging permanent placements for children in foster care. The US adoption and guardianship incentive program has become an important source of funding for adoption and guardianship support services, and should be maintained and enhanced. Policy Recommendations NACAC supports… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Positions

Cognitive, Social, Emotional, Physical, Developmental, and Educational Needs of Foster and Adopted Children and Youth

Philosophy Research has demonstrated that abuse, neglect, in-utero exposure to drugs and alcohol, and multiple placements in foster care all have damaging effects on children and youth, and that special services are often required to ensure the healthy development of children and youth who have spent time in foster care. Children and youth in foster… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Positions

Data Collection

Philosophy NACAC believes that effective permanency planning for children and youth is best done if there are accurate accountability systems that track the number of children in foster care and other out of home placements, as well as systems that assess and track each child’s well-being and permanency outcomes. Practice Recommendations Agencies with responsibility for… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Positions

Educational Needs of Children in Foster Care and Adoption

Philosophy Children in foster care are more likely than children and youth who are not involved in child welfare to have been exposed to trauma, more likely to have changed schools, more likely to have moved from one home to another, and less likely to have access to comprehensive assessments. As a result of these… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Positions

Eliminating Categorical Restrictions in Foster Care and Adoption

Philosophy Children and youth should not be denied a loving family due to restrictions on particular types or categories of prospective foster or adoptive parents. Limitations that prevent classes of individuals or groups from becoming foster or adoptive parents hurt children and youth who are in need of loving families. Experience and research have shown… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Positions

Ethics in Adoption

Every child or youth, birth family member, and adoptive family has the right to ethical adoption practice focused on the best interests of the child or youth. All parties to the adoption have the right to honest and complete information about the adoption. All actions and payments by parties to the adoption must be legal… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Positions
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