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Pre-Placement/Pre-Adoption Issues

Philosophy NACAC recognizes that there is a specific and large component of the adoption process known as “pre-placement” or “pre-adoption,” which covers the time period from the earliest steps to the date of placement. Effective pre-adoption practices are the foundation of building strong and successful permanent families. In all types of adoption, policy and practice… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Positions

Privatization

Philosophy States, provinces, territories, and tribes have a fundamental responsibility, which must never be relinquished, to ensure that children and youth in foster care are safe and secure and find permanent families as quickly as possible. While these government entities may choose to contract with private organizations to enhance services to foster children and their… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Positions

Race/Ethnic Background and Child Welfare

Philosophy It has long been recognized that children of racial and ethnic minority populations are disproportionately represented in the child welfare system in the United States and Canada. What is less clear are the causes of this disproportionality. NACAC believes that it is the responsibility of all professionals in the child welfare system to scrutinize… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Positions

Recruitment of Permanent Families

Philosophy NACAC believes that every child and youth has a right to a permanent family, and that states, provinces, counties, tribes, and placing agencies have a responsibility to seek permanent families for all children and youth, including adolescents who will not return to their birth families. Recruitment efforts should include seeking kin and foster parents… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Positions

Safe Havens

Philosophy In the United States, every state now has legislation establishing so-called “safe havens” where parents can anonymously and legally abandon infants or even older children—without question or punishment. While NACAC strongly supports policies and practices that protect the safety and health of all children and youth, we do not believe that safe haven legislation… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Positions

Siblings in Foster Care and Adoption

Philosophy In foster care and adoption, too many siblings are needlessly separated from one another. Over the years, no bond is typically longer, stronger, or more comforting than that between siblings. Especially when children and youth have been separated from other birth family members, the connection between siblings is critically important to their emotional health… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Positions

Subsidized Guardianship

Philosophy Federal, state, provincial, territorial, and tribal governments have a responsibility to ensure the safety and security of all children and youth who have been in the care of the government through the public foster care system. As a result, all foster children and youth in the guardianship of a public agency who are placed… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Positions

Support for Youth Aging Out of Care

Philosophy NACAC believes that every child and youth—regardless of age, special needs, or length of time in foster care—has a right to a permanent, legal connection to a caring family. A permanent legal family should be the ultimate goal for every child and youth, as outlined in NACAC’s position statements on Permanency for Older Children… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Positions

Allegations of Abuse

Philosophy Foster, adoptive, and kinship families may be vulnerable to allegations of abuse. For these families, child welfare authorities and agencies have an obligation to ensure the safety of children for whom they have assumed responsibility. When allegations are made, agencies must keep the child or youth’s best interests in mind and act quickly, fairly… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Positions

Adoption Disruption and Dissolution

Philosophy In special needs adoption today, disruptions and dissolutions do occur; therefore, adoptive placement should be done carefully and thoughtfully. (An adoption disruption is the end of an adoption placement that has not yet been finalized. An adoption dissolution is the end of an adoption after finalization.) Disruptions and dissolutions are hard on children and… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Positions

Adoption Assistance

Philosophy Federal, state, tribal, provincial, and territorial governments have a responsibility to ensure the safety and security of all children and youth who have been in the guardianship of the government through the foster care system (hereafter referred to as foster children and youth or children and youth adopted from foster care). All foster children… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Positions

Access to Trauma-Informed Care

Philosophy Many adopted children and youth have experienced trauma in their young lives—be it related to abuse, neglect, exposure to domestic or community violence, or loss of birth family. Often, the prolonged trauma facing a child who enters foster care due to ongoing neglect or abuse can have a greater impact than a single traumatic… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Positions

Access to Records

Philosophy NACAC believes that every adopted person has the right, at the age of majority or legal emancipation, to receive personal information about his or her birth, foster, and adoption history, including medical information, and educational and social history. NACAC supports efforts of adoptees to have access to information about and connections with their birth… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Positions

Access to Residential Treatment

Philosophy Currently, in many cases, adoptive families must place their children and youth back in foster care to receive residential treatment. Children and youth with a history of trauma, especially those with previous residential treatment experience, are more likely to need extensive mental health services even after adoption. Out-of-home mental health, substance abuse, or other… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Positions

Family First Prevention Services Act Becomes Law

By Mary Boo In February 2018, Congress passed and the president signed the Family First Prevention Services Act into law. Advocates, including NACAC, had been promoting the bill for the last couple of years, but its passage this year was a surprise to many. Although the bill has many components, one of its primary goals… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Laws

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

National Quality Improvement Center Framework Aims to Support Families After Adoption is Finalized

From Adoptalk 2018, Issue 3; Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership The National Quality Improvement Center for Support and Preservation (QIC-AG) is a five-year, federally funded project designed to promote permanence when reunification is no longer a goal and to improve adoption and guardianship preservation and support. The QIC-AG is built on the premise that child welfare agencies need… Read more

Categories: Achieving Permanency, Adoption Practice, Sample Post-Adoption Programs, Supporting Families

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
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