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Adoption Advocacy Toolbox

NACAC, with funding from Jockey International, is proud to offer a new resource for anyone who wants to advocate for adoption—adoptive parents, youth, professionals, and others who care about children and families. Open the toolbox below, and you will find a wealth of information and resources to help you make a difference in the lives of waiting foster children and the families who adopt such children.

Five things you can do as an individual to
make a difference for children

  1. Encourage your local newspaper or television station to do a story on a child who was adopted at an older age.

  2. Share information with your legislators about waiting children and the reasons their adoptive families need support (read Talking Points on page 11 in Post-Adoption Advocacy Toolkit above); click here to find your local policymakers.

  3. Contact a local adoption organization (NACAC can refer you or you can search our database of local adoptive parent support groups) and ask if you can volunteer in any advocacy or family support activities.

  4. Talk to your friends and community members about the fact that there are children who have no family to celebrate their birthdays with, no permanent parents to love and care for them, and no connections with family for when they turn 18 and leave foster care (read Talking Points on page 11 in Post-Adoption Advocacy Toolkit above); encourage them to take action too.

  5. Sign up for policy alerts from NACAC and other adoption organizations (to receive NACAC's alerts, send us an e-mail; for others visit Links & Newsletters above) and monitor adoption-related legislation. Contact your legislators to encourage them to support any law that you believe will help children find—and remain in—a loving family of their own.

Want more information on any topic or
on adoption advocacy strategies?
Contact us!

North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
970 Raymond Avenue, Suite 106
St. Paul, MN 55114
phone: 651-644-3036
fax: 651-644-9848