Take Care When Talking about the Adoption Tax Credit

This article, originally published in the Adoptalk 2016 fall issue, was updated for the 2020 tax year. Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership.  by NACAC Staff Each year, NACAC handles hundreds of inquiries about the adoption tax credit. Through these interactions, we’ve learned that prospective adopters and adoptive parents are often confused about the credit. Some… Read more

Categories: Adoption Tax Credit, Articles

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

Responding to Stealing by Lowering Anxiety

By Barb Clark, NACAC’s parent support and training specialist Originally published in Adoptalk 2020: issue 3. Adoptalk is a benefit of NACAC membership. Like many toddlers, my daughter first began taking things from the church nursery when she was two. Unfortunately, she didn’t stop as she got older. For neurotypical children around age five or… Read more

Categories: Articles, Disabilities & Challenges, Featured, Parenting, Parenting Strategies

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

Child Welfare’s Next Challenge: Parenting Meth’s Young Victims

from Fall 2006 Adoptalk How seriously is methamphetamine (meth) use affecting child welfare? The answer varies by state and region, but Congress, when it reauthorized the Safe and Stable Families Program in September, agreed to spend $40 million on the problem in fiscal year 2007. That’s how much states—through $500,000 to $1 million grants—will have… Read more

Categories: Articles, Disabilities & Challenges, Parenting, Parenting Strategies, Trauma

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

Adoptalk Newsletter

NACAC’s quarterly newsletter, Adoptalk—which is a benefit of NACAC membership—contains articles and stories on a variety of issues related to adoption and foster care. Each issue contains information on policy issues, post-adoption support, recruitment of adoptive families, parenting, and much more. You’ll find dozens of the articles published in Adoptalk in the Adoption Practice and… Read more

Categories: About NACAC, Articles

Advocacy: Taking Action to Make a Difference

Many parent groups are organizing their efforts to help guide social service administrators and policy makers to be more responsive to the needs of foster and adoptive families. Parents want to make sure that the needs of foster and adopted children will be a priority and that services for their families will receive necessary funding… Read more

Categories: Advocacy, Articles, How to Advocate For Support

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