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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Strengthening Families Act Signed into Law

On September 29, 2014 President Obama signed the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (Public Law 113-183 or the Strengthening Families Act). As detailed below, the law will protect children from sex trafficking, enhance the Adoption Incentive program, enable children in care to participate in normal childhood activities, and fund new post-adoption and post-guardianship… Read more

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Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act

On October 7, 2008 President George W. Bush signed the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act (Public Law 110-351)—the first comprehensive reform of federal child welfare financing in 28 years. The legislation was guided through Congress by Representatives Jim McDermott (D-WA) and Jerry Weller (R-IL) and Senators Max Baucus (D-MT), Charles Grassley (R-IA)… Read more

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Key US Child Welfare Laws

Below, we summarize some key US federal laws that affect children in foster care and those who are adopted from care. For more information, visit the Child Welfare Information Gateway. Recent Comprehensive Child Welfare Legislation The Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 seeks to prevent children from entering foster care, support kinship caregivers, and… Read more

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