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  • Title: NACAC
    Descriptive info: .. NACAC.. Donate Now!.. Become a.. Member of NACAC.. Sign Up for.. Our Free.. E-newsletter.. Our Mission.. NACAC promotes and supports permanent families for children and youth in the U.. S.. and Canada who have been in care especially those in foster care and those with special needs.. Our Work.. To achieve this mission, NACAC focuses its program services in four areas: public policy advocacy, parent leadership capacity building, education and information sharing, and adoption support.. Thank You!.. NACAC is grateful for.. the support of our.. major funders:.. The Debra Steigerwaldt Waller Foundation.. North American Council.. on Adoptable Children.. because every child deserves a permanent, loving,.. and culturally competent family.. Adoption Tax Credit Is Made Permanent.. but Not Refundable.. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, signed into law on January 2, included a provision that made the adoption tax credit permanent.. Unfortunately it did not make the adoption credit refundable for 2012 or future years, so the credit will only benefit those adoptive families who have federal income tax liability.. The maximum amount of the credit for 2013 will be $12,970.. NACAC is deeply disappointed Congress did not make the adoption tax credit refundable for 2012 or future years, and will continue to advocate for refundability in the future.. Learn more about the credit for 2012 adoptions.. Read FAQs about the new law and the credit.. Learn more about the credit generally.. NACAC and the Adoption Institute Release New Issue Brief on the Importance of Adoption Assistance.. NACAC Passes New Position Statement on Trauma-Informed Care.. NACAC and the Evan B.. Donaldson Adoption Institute have partnered on a nationwide campaign to counter efforts by states to  ...   how best to serve those who have experienced trauma.. Read the statement.. View Recorded Webinars.. on Adoption Assistance.. NACAC and Jockey Being Family Launch Adoption Advocacy Toolbox.. NACAC recently held two webinars on adoption assistance, and you can download an mp4 file to view the sessions.. (Please note the file is 52MB.. In some browsers, you need to right click or control click on the link and choose Save Link As to download the file.. ).. Adoption Assistance Benefits and Eligibility.. download.. Advocating for Adoption Assistance Programs on.. With funding from.. Jockey Being Family.. , NACAC has created a new online resource for adoption advocates in the U.. and Canada.. The site contains information about how to advocate for adoption, strategies for advocacy efforts, a guide to post-adoption advocacy, and resources and links related to numerous special topics in adoption (adolescent permanency, education/school issues, FASD, kinship, openness, and much more.. HHS Releases Latest.. AFCARS Data.. NACAC Approves Position Statement on Permanency.. for Older Youth.. In July 2012, the U.. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released data on foster care from fiscal year 2011.. The data show that more than 104,000 children were waiting to adopted, while more than 50,000 exited care to adoption.. View the data.. At its August 2011 meeting, the NACAC board of directors approved a position statement that outlines the organization's belief in permanency for all older children and youth and identifies policies and practices that can help such permanence.. View the statement.. View the NACAC Video.. North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC).. 970 Raymond Avenue, Suite 106.. St.. Paul, MN 55114.. phone: 651-644-3036.. fax: 651-644-9848.. e-mail:.. info@nacac.. org.. Feedback..

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  • Title: NACAC | About NACAC
    Descriptive info: NACAC | About NACAC.. About.. NACAC.. Support NACAC.. Services.. Membership.. Special Events.. History.. Staff Board.. Volunteers.. Job Openings.. because every child has the right to a permanent, nurturing, and culturally sensitive family.. In North America, tens of thousands of children cannot remain with their birth families.. These children once labeled unadoptable or hard to place are mostly school-aged.. Some are brothers and sisters who must be placed together.. Some are drug-exposed or medically fragile.. Most have physical, mental, or emotional difficulties.. Many are children of color.. All need loving families.. Founded in 1974 by adoptive parents, the North American Council on Adoptable Children is committed to meeting the needs of waiting children and the families who adopt them.. For more information about NACAC, click on the.. link or.. download our 2011 annual report.. (Click here to download the.. 2008,.. 2009,.. or.. 2010 report.. Help Support NACAC's Mission.. If you'd like to help support adoptive families and find homes for the thousands of foster.. children who need a family, please consider making a donation to NACAC.. We depend upon public donations to continue our efforts, and.. you can make a contribution today through our secure server.. You will receive notice of your gift for tax purposes.. NACAC is an introduction to innovation, progressive thinking, and forward-moving by people who are always looking for ways to do what we do better, faster, and smarter;.. NACAC is a beacon of hope, a statement of steadfast faith, and a promise of unconditional love for children of all kinds.. ;.. and finally NACAC is a force drawing us.. together to keep moving forward until.. every child has at least one adult completely committed to them for life.. adoptive parent and professional.. NACAC's Strategic Plan.. Vision 2015.. (What is different in the world of NACAC s stakeholders because of NACAC?).. Children and youth in care especially those in  ...   be positioned with funders, policymakers, adoptive families, and other adoption community members as the leading organization to meet their special needs adoption priorities.. NACAC will be an increasingly diverse and culturally responsive organization.. NACAC will be a continuously learning organization, with an emphasis on identifying what works in child welfare and how to implement model practices ourselves and share them with others.. Policy Advocacy and Leadership.. NACAC will be more engaged in U.. national child welfare reform to ensure policies and practices are more supportive of children and youth who are or have been in foster care and their families.. NACAC will actively build the capacity of parent groups, current and former foster youth, and other entities and individuals in the U.. and Canada to advocate for national, state, provincial, and local policy reform and implementation.. Education/Information Sharing.. NACAC will educate more individuals in the U.. and Canada who work with children in or adopted from the child welfare system (including mental health providers, teachers, etc.. ) through training and other efforts.. NACAC will offer more train-the-trainer presentations to help expand our reach and disseminate information more widely.. NACAC will significantly increase web-based communications to educate and share information with parents, child welfare professionals, and others.. NACAC will make its education and information sharing services more accessible to Spanish-speaking people.. Adoption Support.. NACAC will continue to provide the same or increased levels of direct adoption information and support in Minnesota, the U.. , and Canada.. NACAC will identify, evaluate, and help replicate effective post-adoption support models through advocacy, education, and training throughout the U.. Parent Leadership Capacity Building.. NACAC will maintain its efforts to create and enhance parent groups in the U.. and Canada, with a focus on supporting groups in urban areas.. NACAC will engage parent group leaders and members in national advocacy efforts to enhance post-adoption services in the U..

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  • Title: NACAC | How to Adopt
    Descriptive info: NACAC | How to Adopt.. How to.. Adopt.. Glossary.. Summary of Adoption Types.. State Photolistings.. African American Adoption Agencies.. Resources for Prospective Parents.. FAQs.. How to Adopt.. The information below provides an overview of the steps involved in adopting a child from the United States foster care system.. To request more information about other types of adoption or a list of local resources, send an e-mail message to.. and let us know the information you need.. Please be sure to include your mailing address.. Of the estimated 408,425 children who have been separated from their birth parents and placed in foster care, about 107,011 can never return to their original home.. They need the nurturing and support that a permanent family can provide, and deserve a chance to grow up feeling secure and loved.. That is where special needs adoption comes in.. It s not so much about finding a child for a family, but instead finding the most suitable family for each waiting child.. Defining Special Needs.. Special needs is a phrase used to classify children who, for various reasons, have a harder time finding families who are willing to adopt them.. Often special needs include factors such as age, background, and physical, mental, or emotional challenges.. Typically, children who have special needs have been separated from their birth families, live in foster care, are school-aged, and may have physical or mental disabilities.. Some children have physical or mental conditions that require special treatment; others have emotional scars from abuse or neglect.. Children may also be classified as having special needs if they are part of a sibling group that is being placed for adoption together, or members of a minority group.. Every state sets its own special needs definition.. Visit our.. subsidy page.. to see how your state or province defines special needs.. Open the relevant subsidy profile and look under item #1.. Step 1: Learn All You Can about Adoption.. Written Materials.. William Lewis Gage.. publishes an online.. Readers' Guide to Adoption-Related Literature.. that contains titles for adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents, and others who have a tie to adoption.. The online Guide also contains links to bookstores and other resources for information about adoption.. Visit the list online at.. http://wmlgage.. com/readersguide/.. Some publishers and booksellers (including those listed below) produce and market child welfare and adoption-related materials.. Below is a list of.. suggested adoption-related publications.. Child Welfare League of America.. 1726 M St.. , NW, Suite 500.. Washington, DC 20036.. 202-688-4200.. EMK Press.. 16 Mt.. Bethel Rd.. , #219.. Warren, NJ 07059.. 732-469-7544.. info@emkpress.. com.. Guilford Press.. 72 Spring St.. New York, NY 10012.. 800-365-7006 or 212-431-9800.. info@guilford.. Jessica Kingsley Publishers.. 400 Market St.. , Suite 400.. Philadelphia, PA 19106.. 866-416-1078 or 215-922-1161.. orders@jkp.. Louis Company Publishing.. 541 E.. Garden Dr.. , Unit N.. Windsor, CO 80550-3151.. 888-924-6736 or 970-686-7412.. louis@adoptinfo.. net.. (.. Adoption Today.. and.. Fostering Families Today.. magazines ).. National Child Welfare Resource Center for Adoption.. 16250 Northland Dr.. , Suite 120.. Southfield, MI 48075.. 248-443-0306.. nrc@nrcadoption.. Perspectives Press.. P.. O.. Box 90318.. Indianapolis, IN 46290-0318.. 317-872-3055.. info@perspectivespress.. Tapestry Books.. Box 651.. Ringoes, NJ 08551.. 877-266-5409.. info@tapestrybooks.. Taylor Francis Group.. 711 Third Ave.. New York, NY 10017.. 212-216-7800.. orders@taylorandfrancis.. The.. Child Welfare Information Gateway.. Formerly the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse and the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect, The Gateway publishes a wide variety of adoption and child welfare fact sheets, many of which are free or very inexpensive.. It also provides information about state and federal adoption laws, and tracks upcoming adoption conferences.. The Gateway's web site includes a searchable collection of adoption-related articles and report abstracts, as well as a directory of public and private adoption agencies, support groups, and government officials.. To learn more, contact:.. Child Welfare Information Gateway.. Children's Bureau/ACF/HHS.. 1250 Maryland Ave.. S.. W.. , 8th Floor.. Washington, DC 20024.. 888-394-3366 or 703-385-7565.. info@childwelfare.. gov.. AdoptUSKids.. has developed a comprehensive list of state-specific adoption steps that can be accessed online through an interactive map.. Click.. here.. to see the map (scroll to the bottom of the page).. Don't forget your.. phone book.. Adoption agencies, advocates, attorneys, support groups, and more can be found listed in the Yellow Pages under Adoption.. Use your.. public library.. Most libraries now have online access so you can use the Internet, find listings of periodicals, and do inter-library transfers.. A wealth of free information can be located through these means.. Internet.. is also a gateway to adoption information.. Private and government sites provide page after page of pertinent information.. In addition, video presentations related to special needs adoption can be found at.. www.. videojug.. com/tag/adoption-and-foster-parenting-basics.. Suggested Adoption-Related Reading.. Publications listed below are available from local or online booksellers (such as.. amazon.. barnesandnoble.. ) or from the publishers listed with each entry.. Alexander, Christopher.. 2005.. Welcome Home: A Guide for Adoptive, Foster, and Treatment Foster Parents.. Denver, CO:.. Mountain West Publishing.. Blomquist, Barbara Taylor.. 2009.. Insight into Adoption: Uncovering and Understanding the Heart of Adoption.. Springfield, IL:.. Charles C.. Thomas Publisher, Ltd.. Brodzinsky, David.. 2008.. Meeting the Mental Health and Developmental Needs of Adopted Children.. New York:.. Evan B.. Donaldson Adoption Institute.. Duxbury, Micky.. 2006.. Making Room in Our Hearts: Keeping Family Ties through Open Adoption.. Oxford, UK:.. Routledge.. Forbes, Heather.. Dare to Love: The Art of Merging Science and Love into Parenting Children with Difficult Behaviors.. Boulder, CO:.. Beyond Consequences Institute.. Gray, Deborah.. 2007.. Nurturing Adoptions: Creating Resilience after Neglect and Trauma.. Indianapolis, IN:.. Perspectives Press, Inc.. Greenwald, Ricky.. Child Trauma Handbook: A Guide for Helping Trauma-Exposed Children and Adolescents.. Keck, Gregory and Regina Kupecky.. Adopting the Hurt Child: Hope for Families with Special-Needs Kids.. Colorado Springs:.. NavPress.. , Rev Upd edition.. Parenting the Hurt Child: Helping Adoptive Families Heal and Grow.. Kruger, Pamela and Jill Smolowe, eds.. A Love Like No Other: Stories from Adoptive Parents.. Riverhead Hardcover.. MacLeod, Jean and Sheena Macrae, eds.. Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections.. Warren, NJ:.. Moore, Tonya.. Black Children, White Parents: Putting the Pieces Together.. Omaha, NE:.. MOMS Connected.. O Hanlon, Timothy.. 2007 E-book.. A Practical Guide to Adoption Subsidy for Adoptive Families and Advocates.. Columbus, OH:.. Adoption Policy Resource Center.. Orlans, Michael and Terry M.. Levy.. Healing Parents: Helping Wounded Children Learn to Love and Trust.. Arlington, VA:.. O Toole, Elisabeth.. 2010.. In on It: What Adoptive Parents Would Like You to Know about Adoption.. Fig Press, LLC.. Pavao, Joyce.. The Family of Adoption.. Boston:.. Beacon Press.. Pertman, Adam.. 2011.. Adoption Nation: How the Adoption Revolution is Transforming Our Families and America.. Harvard Common Press.. , 2nd ed.. Prior, Vivien and Danya Glaser.. Understanding Attachment and Attachment Disorders.. London and Philadelphia:.. Pughe, Billy and Terry Philpot.. Living alongside a Child s Recovery: Therapeutic Parenting with Traumatized Children.. London:.. Riley, Debbie and John Meeks, M.. D.. Beneath the Mask: Understanding Adopted Teens.. Burtonsville, MD: The.. Center for Adoption Support and Education.. Schooler, Jayne, Betsy Keefer Smalley, and Timothy Callahan.. Wounded Children, Healing Homes; How Traumatized Children Impact Adoptive and Foster Families.. Siegel, Lawrence.. The Complete IEP Guide: How to Adovcate for Your Special Ed Child.. (7th edition).. Berkeley, CA:.. NOLO.. Simon, Rita and Rhonda Roorda.. In Their Parents Voices: Reflections on Raising Transracial Adoptees.. Columbia University Press.. Smith, Susan Livingston and Debbie Riley.. Adoption in the Schools: A Lot to Learn Promoting Equality and Fairness for all Children and Their Families.. Whiteman, Nancy J.. and Linda Roan-Yager.. Building a Joyful Life With Your Child Who Has Special Needs.. Whitten, Kathleen.. Labor of the Heart: A Parent s Guide to Decisions and Emotions in Adoption.. M.. Evans Company.. Adoption Conferences.. Many national, regional, and local groups hold annual conferences with workshops geared toward new or prospective adoptive parents.. Two of the longest running and largest adoption conferences are the North American Council on Adoptable Children's annual.. conference.. (held at different sites in the U.. and Canada during late July or early August), and the Adoption Community of New England's annual conference (held in Massachusetts every spring--call 508-366-6812, or visit.. adoptionsommunityofne.. ).. As mentioned above,.. CWIG maintains a list of upcoming conferences.. --call 800-394-3366 or 703-385-7565, or visit.. childwelfare.. gov/calendar.. To access another list of current national and regional conferences,.. click here.. Step 2: Complete a Self-Assessment.. Children don't need perfect parents, just one or two individuals willing to meet the unique challenges of parenting and make a lifetime commitment to caring for and nurturing their children.. One of the advantages of special needs adoption is that almost any responsible adult can become an adoptive parent.. Prospective parents do not have to be rich, married, under 40, highly educated, or home owners to adopt.. Far more important are personal characteristics like:.. a belief in adoption and an ability to commit;.. patience and perseverance;.. a good sense of humor and talent for keeping life in perspective;.. a love of children and parenting;.. the ability to roll with unexpected changes, stresses, and challenges;.. the ability to deal with rejection without taking it personally;.. the ability to accept without judging;.. tolerance and understanding for your child's conflicting feelings and your own;.. an awareness that healing doesn't come quickly, all wounds cannot be healed, and your child may not attach to your family;.. the strength to be consistent and set limits;.. a willingness to learn new parenting techniques and advocate for your children s educational and medical needs; and.. resourcefulness.. If you have all or most of those qualities, then ask yourself these questions:.. Do I clearly understand why I want to adopt?.. If applicable--.. Do my partner and I work as a team? Are we both committed to adoption?.. Does my lifestyle allow me the time necessary to meet the needs of a special child?.. Am I willing to change my lifestyle to accommodate the needs of a special child?.. Think carefully about your answers to these questions.. You may decide to pursue a different type of adoption, investigate foster care, or realize that adoption really is not for you.. Take the time to make a good decision, because it is a decision you and your adoptive child will live with for life.. To go through a more structured and detailed self-assessment, try out the Iowa KidsNet.. Foster Care and Adoption Self-Assessment Guide.. The guide is a useful tool to help individuals make better-informed decisions about fostering or adopting a child.. In addition, before seriously contemplating special needs adoption, prospective parents must honestly evaluate their desire and ability to successfully parent children who have troubling pasts and uncertain futures.. Many children who become available for adoption at older ages have not received the early care that kids need to develop a strong sense of security, trust, and self-esteem.. Many also suffer from conditions caused by past trauma, or prenatal exposure to alcohol or drugs.. Children whose backgrounds include traumatic experiences, abuse, and/or neglect may exhibit symptoms of distress such as:.. aggressiveness.. attachment disorders or issues.. attention deficits and hyperactivity.. bed wetting.. defiance.. depression.. impulsiveness.. learning disabilities.. low self-esteem.. lying.. poor peer relationships/social skills.. Fortunately, through therapy, medication, and consistent specialized care, children can also find ways to overcome or at least better cope with many of these challenges.. Almost every child will put his or her new adoptive parents through a period of testing to see if the parents are truly committed or just waiting for an excuse to desert the child as others have before.. To improve your chances of successfully adopting a child who has special needs, be prepared to offer a home environment that combines extra love, support, and attention with clear structure and consistent limit-setting.. Parents should also be ready to actively advocate for their child at school, with peers, and within the community.. It can be immensely helpful for parents to have a support network or belong to an adoptive parent support group.. Other Resources.. NACAC maintains a listing of adoptive parent support groups, as well as other good sources of information about special needs adoption.. To find a support group in your area, visit our.. parent group section.. T.. OP.. Step 3: Decide What Type of Adoption You Want to Pursue.. Even if you have already decided to adopt a child who has special needs, you must still make a number of choices about your adoption.. Most importantly, you need to decide what type of child you are willing to bring into your family.. What disabilities and challenges (physical, mental, emotional, or behavioral) can you comfortably handle? What age range, background, and ethnicity would fit best within your household and community? Are you open to helping your adopted child maintain contact with some of his or her birth relatives? Can you welcome a group of two or more siblings into your home?.. Next, you should consider whether you would rather work through a public or a private adoption agency.. Though most children who have special needs become available for adoption through the public foster care system, both public and private agencies can help you locate a child  ...   a list of the items and information your agency needs.. The following items are commonly required during the home study process:.. an autobiographical statement--a statement you create about your life history;.. certified copies of birth certificates for you, your partner, and any children;.. a certified copy of your marriage license;.. certified copies of divorce decrees;.. the death certificate of a former spouse;.. certified copies of the finalization or adoption decrees for any adopted children;.. child abuse and criminal record clearances, or a notarized statement from the police declaring that you and other adults in your home have faced no felony convictions;.. income verification (may include tax returns, W-2 forms, and paycheck stubs);.. a statement of health provided by a physician, which might include lab test results;.. written references from friends, employers, neighbors, etc.. ; and.. finger prints.. At some point in the process, you may also need to pay for the home study.. The cost through a public agency may be quite low or even free; other agencies typically charge between $1,000 and $4,000 for a completed study.. Questions You May Be Asked.. During home study meetings with your worker, you can expect to answer questions about your background, your education, your job history, your marriage, your leisure activities, your religion (particularly for religiously affiliated agencies), and your experiences with children.. For instance, the worker may ask:.. What is your family like, and how will you integrate a new child into it? How will your extended family treat an adopted child?.. How is your marriage? How do you make decisions, resolve conflicts, and share your feelings?.. Why do you want to adopt?.. What is your home like? Are there places for your child to play or spend time alone?.. What is your neighborhood like?.. How do you plan to address discipline issues with your new child?.. What was your family like when you were growing up? How were you raised? Are you close to your parents?Where do you work? Is your schedule flexible enough to accommodate the responsibilities that come with parenting?.. What sort of child care arrangements will you make for your child?.. The goal of home studies is to help agencies locate the best home for each child it places, and make good matches between parents and children.. If you have questions about your study, ask your social worker or agency.. Step 9: Attend Adoption and Parenting Classes.. Public agencies commonly require pre-placement training to acquaint prospective parents with issues that can arise after a child or sibling group is placed with them.. School-aged adoptees bring not only unique special needs, but also a history of life experiences that will affect their interactions with adoptive parents, new siblings, schoolmates, and others.. Issues related to disability, culture, early abuse, and a child's birth family should all be discussed before a child is placed in your home.. Even if your agency does not require training, learn all you can about adoption issues.. The more you know, the better.. Step 10: Begin Searching for a Child.. If you adopt through an agency, learn how the agency will conduct a search.. What criteria do they use to match children with families? Are they willing to search outside your immediate area for a child or youth? If you become interested in a child or youth from another state, will the agency help you to move forward with adopting the child or youth?.. The adoption exchanges listed below publish photolistings and provide other information about children who are available for adoption:.. Adopt America Network.. 1500 N.. Superior St.. , Suite 303.. Toledo, OH 43604.. 800-246-1731 or 419-534-3350.. adoption@adoptamericanetwork.. Adoption Council of Canada.. 888-54-ADOPT (888-542-3678).. cwk@canadaswaitingkids.. ca.. canadaswaitingkids.. The Adoption Exchange.. 14232 E.. Evans Ave.. Aurora, CO 80014.. 800-451-5246 or 303-755-4756.. Children Awaiting Parents, Inc.. 595 Blossom Rd.. , Suite 306.. Rochester, NY 14610.. 888-835-8802 or 585-232-5110.. info@capbook.. The Collaboration to AdoptUSKids.. A cooperative agreement with The Children s Bureau, Administration for Children Families, and the Department of Health and Human Services.. c/o Adoption Exchange Association.. 8015 Corporate Dr.. , Suite C.. Baltimore, MD 21236.. 888-200-4005.. info@adoptuskids.. adopte1.. (en español.. (photolisting of children from across the United States who are waiting for families).. Jewish Children s Adoption Network.. Box 147016.. Denver, CO 80214-7016.. 303-573-8113.. jcan@qwestoffice.. National Adoption Center.. 1500 Walnut St.. , Suite 701.. Philadelphia, PA 19102.. 800-862-3678.. nac@adopt.. Northwest Adoption Exchange.. 600 Stewart St.. , Suite 1313.. Seattle, WA 98101.. 800-927-9411 or 206-441-6822.. nwae@nwresource.. Click here.. for a state by state list of web sites that feature children who are waiting for permanent families in various states.. To keep the process moving, stay in close contact with your agency and offer to help in the search process by reviewing photolistings, attending matching parties, or updating your parent profile.. Step 11: Select a Child or Sibling Group to Bring into Your Family.. Before agreeing to adopt any child or sibling group, learn as much as you can about the child--including prenatal care and exposure to drugs or alcohol, birth parents medical histories, attachments to foster families or other relatives, foster care placements, relationships with siblings, interests and talents, etc.. Most agencies want adoptive parents to get to know children before agreeing to adopt.. If the child has certain medical conditions or other disabilities, decide if your family is prepared to address issues that may arise from the child s situation.. If you agree to adopt and accept placement of a child whose birth parents' rights have not been voluntarily surrendered or involuntarily terminated (known as a legal-risk placement), you must accept the chance that the child could be returned to his or her birth parents.. Until birth parents' rights are terminated, the child cannot legally become a member of your family and must instead stay in your home as a foster child.. Step 12: Prepare for Your Child's Arrival.. Anticipate how the addition of a new family member will affect your life and plan accordingly.. Depending on your situation and the child you adopt, you may need to:.. Update the family's insurance.. Group health insurance carriers must insure adoptees under the terms of their parents' policy and cannot deny coverage due to pre-existing conditions.. Add a child to your health insurance plan within 30 days after he or she is placed in your home.. If your child is eligible for an adoption subsidy (see.. subsidy section.. ), he or she may be covered through Medicaid.. Also change beneficiary designations on life insurance policies and update wills as needed.. Get and keep a copy of the child's original birth certificate.. Once the adoption is finalized, that document may be sealed and neither you nor the adoptee can access it.. Without it, some adoptees have had trouble getting passports and applying for affirmative action status.. With it, adoptees may have an easier time searching for their biological roots--if and when they decide to do so.. Prepare to get a new social security number and birth certificate.. for your child that recognizes the child's new last name and family situation.. To claim your child as a dependent for tax purposes, the child must have a social security number.. Learn as much as you can about the child's habits and personality.. Talk to the child's foster parents and worker so you can learn information that will help ease the child's transition into your family.. What are the child's favorite foods and games? What is the best way to comfort the child?.. Keep items that tie to the child's past.. Encourage the child to bring possessions from previous homes, and ask foster parents and workers for pictures they have of the child.. Never throw away broken toys or worn out clothes unless the child wants to.. Familiar objects and smells are comforting, and the child needs you to respect that he has a past and prior attachments.. Make your house child-friendly.. Modify, re-position or remove household objects that could be dangerous to your new child.. Prepare the child's room to make it welcoming and to signal that the area belongs to her.. Inform your other children about likely changes.. Suggest how their roles may change when the new child arrives.. Prepare them to share, adjust schedules, and withhold judgment during the transition.. Include everyone in visits and trial weekends before the child is placed, and establish clear ground rules for behavior, interaction, and discipline.. Negotiate an adoption assistance agreement.. Parents who adopt an eligible child with special needs from a public or private agency can receive federal or state benefits for their child.. Ask your agency what steps you must take to obtain a subsidy and.. negotiate an agreement.. Line up services for your child and yourself.. If you adopt a younger child, you may need to find day care.. If you adopt an older child, you may need to enroll him or her in school; arrange for therapy, counseling, or tutoring; and identify respite care options.. You might also want to join an adoptive parent support group.. See.. Step 5.. (under How to Find Agencies) for the names of organizations that can put you in touch with parent groups in your state.. Step 13: Bring the Child Home.. Children who are placed for adoption through public agencies may move in with an adoptive family as soon as the parents complete required pre-placement visits and are approved to adopt--provided the timing is not unnecessarily disruptive to the child's schooling or other activities.. When a new child is placed in your home, you will assume temporary legal custody.. For a few months, while your family undergoes the inevitable adjustment period, your agency will monitor how the placement is proceeding.. The monitoring period typically lasts about six months to a year.. During this time, the worker may call or visit to assess how you and your child are adjusting, and to answer questions.. If all goes well, at the end of the monitoring period the agency will recommend to the court that the adoption be approved.. Step 14: File a Petition to Adopt.. An adoption petition is the document filed in court that initiates the legal aspect of adoption.. Through the petition, adoptive parents formally request permission to adopt a specific child.. To file a petition you will likely need the following information and documentation:.. the child's birth certificate or birth date and place of birth;.. a written statement that confirms your desire and suitability to adopt, as well as your ability to provide financially for the child;.. a written declaration that the adoption is in the child's best interest;.. your name, age, and address;.. the date on which and from whom you received custody of the child;.. a statement of the legal reason why the birth parents' rights are being (or have been) terminated; and.. a disclosure of any relationship that you share with the child (other than as an adoptive parent)--such as being the child's aunt or uncle, grandparent, or stepparent.. Step 15: Make it Legal: Finalize the Adoption.. Your adoption is not legally complete until your newly created family goes through the finalization process.. Finalization hearings usually take place within a year after a child is placed in the home.. Before scheduling a hearing, check with your agency to make sure you have completed the necessary paperwork.. If you are missing required documents, the finalization could be delayed.. The finalization hearing is a judicial proceeding, sometimes held in the judge's chambers, during which adoptive parents are granted permanent legal custody of their adopted child.. The hearing, which usually lasts only 30 to 60 minutes, is designed to establish the legality of the new family unit, and confirm that the adoptive parents are willing and able to provide for their new children.. Who Should Attend the Hearing.. The following individuals generally attend the finalization hearing:.. the adoptive parents and adoptee(s);.. the adoptive family's lawyer; and.. the agency social worker who placed the child with the adoptive parents.. In a few cases, the child's birth parents may also appear, but only if their parental rights have not yet been terminated or if they are participating in an open or cooperative adoption.. What the Hearing Involves.. To verify that the adoption should take place, the court will attempt to establish that the child has been placed in a safe, loving home.. Expect to list all the identifying information included in your adoption petition and answer questions such as:.. How will you care for your new child?.. How will your family adjust to a new child?.. Is there anything the court should know before finalizing this adoption?.. As soon as the judge signs the adoption order, you gain permanent legal custody of your child.. Finalization is the last formal step in the adoption process and marks the official beginning of your new family.. From this point, learn as much as you can about post-adoption services (like respite care, support groups, etc.. ) that can help you make the most of your new role as an adoptive parent..

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  • Title: NACAC | Adoption Subsidy
    Descriptive info: NACAC | Adoption Subsidy.. Adoption.. Subsidy.. United States.. State Profiles.. Fact Sheets.. Definitions.. National Summary.. Canada.. Provincial Profiles.. News Resources.. Adoption Subsidy.. On September 19, NACAC and the Evan B.. Donaldson Adoption Institute released.. compiled other resources.. to help advocates fight proposed cuts to adoption assistance benefits.. Read NACAC's.. The Value of Subsidies: Helping Children Find Permanent Families.. , a report on adoption assistance and its value to children, families, and governments.. NACAC's.. Adoption Assistance Advocacy Toolkit.. is designed to help advocates fight proposed cuts to adoption subsidies or to work to improve programs in their communities.. NACAC has developed a.. flyer about our Adoption Subsidy Resource Center.. that recruiters and other adoption professionals can use to connect prospective adopters with our support services.. Many foster children waiting for adoption and the children already adopted from foster care have special physical, mental health, and developmental needs.. Studies show that these children are at heightened risk of moderate to severe health problems, learning disabilities,  ...   who have special needs.. Since 1994, NACAC has operated the Adoption Subsidy Resource Center to educate parents and professionals about the benefits available to children and youth adopted from foster care in the U.. In this section, you will find.. profiles on each of the state subsidy programs.. , as well as a majority of the.. provincial adoption assistance profiles.. For the U.. , we offer.. definitions of special needs.. , and.. fact sheets.. on various aspects relating to post-adoption support programs.. We will be adding information specific to the Canadian system of adoption assistance, but right now much of this section is under construction.. for more information about the U.. tax credit for adoptive families.. (This will open a new window in another section of NACAC's web site.. The Adoption Subsidy Resource Center is funded in large part by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.. For additional information, please contact NACAC's Adoption Subsidy Resource Center at 800-470-6665, 651-644-3036, or e-mail at.. adoption.. assistance@nacac..

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  • Title: NACAC | Parent Groups
    Descriptive info: NACAC | Parent Groups.. Parent.. Groups.. Database of Groups.. Resources for Groups.. Training Assistance.. Links.. Parent Support Groups.. Download a PDF of.. Starting and Nurturing Adoptive Parent Groups: A Guide for Leaders.. ,.. NACAC's publication for parent group leaders.. Download PDFs of two AdoptUSKids publications related to respite care.. Taking a Break:.. Creating Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Respite in Your Community.. Creating and Sustaining Effective Respite Services: Lessons from the Field.. Across North America today, there are hundreds of parent support groups serving foster and adoptive families.. Parent groups provide the opportunity for parents to share information, experience, and emotions with one another.. The need for support after the adoption  ...   post-adoption services to families.. database of parent groups.. includes a searchable list of hundreds of parent groups that you can use to find support in your community or region.. NACAC conducts.. training.. for parent groups on a variety of topics, publishes.. articles and fact sheets.. for group leaders, starts new parent groups across the United States, and otherwise aids adoptive and foster parent group leaders.. We also maintain a list of.. links.. to organizations that can be useful to parent group leaders.. If you would like to start a parent group or would like to discuss your group's needs and our services, please send an e-mail to.. or call us 651-644-3036..

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  • Title: NACAC | Post-Adoption Support
    Descriptive info: NACAC | Post-Adoption Support.. Post-Adoption.. Support.. Resources for Families.. Model Post-Adoption Services.. Transracial Parenting.. Community Champions Network.. Adoption Support Network (Minnesota).. Post-Adoption Services.. In May 2011, NACAC and other child welfare organizations held a Congressional briefing on the need for post-adoption services and recommend policy reforms.. View video from the event.. Download press release.. Read recommendations.. Advocates who are seeking to improve or sustain post-adoption services in their communities should download NACAC's toolkit.. Advocating for Post-Adoption Services: Tools to Promote Parent-Led and Child-Driven Services.. Advocates will also benefit from NACAC's new.. Adoption Advocacy Toolbox.. a whole section of our site devoted to providing advocates with the information they need.. Post-placement support is critical to achieving the goal of finding permanent, stable, loving families for children, as well as maintaining those families who have already adopted.. Parents need information that will strengthen their  ...   acting out, fetal alcohol syndrome or effect, attention deficit disorder, central auditory processing disorder, emotional disabilities, attachment disorder, learning disabilities, mental retardation, orthopedic impairments, speech and language impairments, AIDS or HIV, and other severe physical disabilities.. In this section, you will find information on:.. articles explaining many resources for adoptive families.. a.. model array of post-adoption services.. , plus articles on post-adoption service models.. transracial parenting.. , including NACAC's publications and a series of articles.. , NACAC's initiative to help a number of communities in the U.. and Canada improve their access to post-adoption services.. answers to.. frequently asked questions.. about post-adoption support and services.. You can also download NACAC's publication.. Developing a Parent-to-Parent Support Network.. , which provides information about creating your own peer support network for post-adoption services.. Visit the.. to learn more about post-adoption services provided in your state..

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  • Title: NACAC | Public Policy
    Descriptive info: NACAC | Public Policy.. Public.. Policy.. State Adoption Fact Sheets.. Recent News Pending Legislation.. Position Statements.. NACAC Testimony.. Key U.. Laws.. Key Policy Issues:.. Race culture.. Orphanages.. Tax credit.. Post-adoption services.. Adoption subsidy.. Child welfare financing.. Subsidized guardianship.. Court reform.. LGBTQ issues.. Openness in adoption.. Links to Policymaker.. s.. Public Policy.. Th.. rough our policy education and advocacy program, NACAC identifies programs and policies that will help foster children find permanent families, and analyzes issues related to foster care and adoption such as the difficulties families of color encounter in the child welfare system, the importance of family care, and the need for post-adoption support.. NACAC also supports parent groups and other  ...   makers on issues related to foster care and adoption.. Below are some of the major policy topics affecting adoptive families and foster children today:.. This section of the web site contains.. recent policy news or pending legislation.. , copies of.. testimony.. we have submitted to the U.. Congress, description of.. key laws.. affecting adoption and child welfare in the U.. , information about how individuals and organizations can.. advocate.. for policies and practices they believe in, plus NACAC's.. statements.. on an array of policy and practice issues and.. links to policymakerss'.. contact information.. If you would like information about key policy issues published by NACAC, visit the.. Adoptalk.. section of our web site..

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  • Title: NACAC | Adoptalk Articles & Publications
    Descriptive info: NACAC | Adoptalk Articles Publications.. Publications.. :.. News.. Parenting.. Policy.. Practice.. Recruiting Families.. Personal Stories.. Publications.. Adoption Month.. Articles.. In this section, we provide a variety of resources to help current and prospective adoptive parents and adoption professionals.. First, we have information about NACAC's quarterly newsletter,.. , along with selected articles from past issue.. You can also read about NACAC.. publications.. on topics from adoption  ...   summaries or excerpts.. If you see a publication you would like to have, simply order it on-line or send us an e-mail requesting more information.. Next, in the.. Adoption Month.. section, you can download the 2001 edition of NACAC's.. National Adoption Awareness Month Guide.. and read about the history of Adoption Month.. Advertising opportunities are available in.. and in our conference registration and final program brochures..

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  • Title: NACAC | Conference
    Descriptive info: NACAC | Conference.. Conference.. Training.. Call for Proposals.. Schedule at a Glance.. Sessions.. Registration.. Child/Youth Program.. NACAC Awards.. Awards History.. Partners/ Sponsors.. Other Training.. Training for Parent Groups.. Transracial Training.. Webinars.. 2013 NACAC Conference.. Thinking Differently:.. New Hope for Our Children.. 39th Annual Conference.. Toronto, Ontario.. August 8-10, 2013.. Pre-Conference Sessions: August 7.. Past NACAC attendees praise the conference:.. This was my first NACAC conference.. I was inspired, motivated and encouraged to do more for children in the system.. The information adds value to my personal and professional life!.. I am more informed and empowered to be the best I can be for my son.. Every year I walk away reenergized with new tools for my parenting toolbox.. I have learned so much and enjoyed all the classes and events.. In 23 years as a foster parent, adoptive parent, and 2,000+ hours of training, this was the BEST EVER.. This has been a phenomenal training.. All professionals, parents and youth can benefit from learning and educating others with their expertise and experiences.. I felt like a kid in a candy store because I learned so much.. I gained more knowledge this week than the 7 years fostering.. Download a NACAC conference flyer that you can share with others!.. Would You Benefit from Attending?.. If you have been touched by adoption, you will benefit from attending this conference! The conference has sessions designed to inspire, inform, and encourage all members of the adoption community, including adoptive parents raising children with special needs, professionals seeking families for older children, mental health or other professionals supporting adoptive and foster families, international adoptive parents, adopted persons, and others with personal or professional connections to adoption.. This educational event covers almost every adoption-related topic imaginable with more than 80 sessions designed to meet the diverse needs and levels of experience of parents, professionals, and adopted persons.. Sessions are assigned to topic-specific tracks, including:.. First Nations/Aboriginal Issues.. Advanced Issues in Adoption/Therapy.. Parenting Children with Special Needs.. Preparing for Adoption.. Recruitment and Pre-Adoption Issues.. Permanency for Older Children and Youth.. Birth Family Connections, Search, and Openness.. International Adoption.. Location and Accommodations.. Hailed as the entertainment and cultural capital of Canada, Toronto regularly hosts art and cultural festivals and is home to a number of museums and theatres.. The city offers breathtaking views of its gorgeous architecture and parks, and is home to numerous centrally located shops and restaurants.. The conference will be held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel (123 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario).. Discounted guest rooms are available from August 6 to August 11, at $150 Cdn.. per night plus 13 percent tax.. To reserve a room, visit.. https://www.. starwoodmeeting.. com/Book/NAC313.. or call 800-325-3535.. Availability extends until all rooms fill or until July 12, whichever is first, so please make reservations early.. Tell the hotel operator you are attending the North American Council on Adoptable Children conference, and ask about the hotel s guarantee, deposit, and cancellation policies.. Please note that U.. attendees will need a passport to travel to Canada.. Getting a passport can take quite a while, so apply for yours today!.. Keynote Speakers.. Thursday s keynote session.. Brain-Based Parenting: A Message of Hope.. will feature Daniel Hughes, Ph.. and Jonathan Baylin, Ph.. presenting a hopeful  ...   two all-day pre-conference training sessions:.. In.. Creating a Love to Last a Lifetime: Understanding the Neuroscience of Attachment,.. Dr.. Hughes and Dr.. Baylin will cover attachment issues in adoption, the neurobiology of attachment, and attachment-focused family therapy, and will provide practical tools and interventions.. D.. r.. Hughes, an attachment expert, specializes in the treatment of children and youth with severe emotional and behavioral issues.. Baylin is a clinical psychologist and expert on the neurobiology of attachment.. They recently co-authored the book Brain-Based Parenting: The Neuroscience of Caregiving for Healthy Attachment.. In the second session,.. Permanency Matters: Tools to Find Families for Older Children and Youth,.. Sue Badeau, Denise Goodman, and Pat O Brien will discuss the importance of youth permanency and present numerous strategies for finding forever families for older children and youth.. Pre-conference registration is:.. Pre-conference only.. --.. $100 U.. /Cdn.. W.. ith full conference registration.. $80 U.. Advertising Exhibiting.. Individuals and.. organizations can choose to advertise in the conference registration booklet or final program and to exhibit items on site.. The deadlie for registration booklet advertising is February 22.. The deadline for exhibiting is June 7.. Download information about registration booklet advertising and exhibiting.. (final program information will be available in the spring).. Conference for Youth.. On Thursday, a one-day conference (sponsored by Jockey Being FamilyTM) will be offered for youth, ages 16 25, who have been adopted from or aged out of foster care.. The conference will feature workshops and educational activities for youth interested in learning more about adoption and permanency and how to become advocates for youth who need families.. For more information, please e-mail Kim Stevens at.. kimstevens@nacac.. The registration fee will be $50 U.. Academic Accreditation.. NACAC has arranged for general continuing education units (CEUs) from Augsburg College in Minnesota.. The full conference will be about 16.. 5 contact hours or 1.. 65 CEUs, and you can apply for credit with your registration or after the conference.. Daily CEU certification and pre-conference session CEUs will also be available.. Please verify applicability of these CEUs with your professional board.. The fee for CEUs is $30.. Children's Program.. NACAC offers a program for children ages 6 to 17 with workshops and field trips.. Space is limited, so register as soon as forms are available this spring.. Registration Fees.. Full registration fees include workshops, institutes, general sessions, Saturday s luncheon, and membership for non-members.. Parent couples can register together at a discount.. One-day fees will be offered.. The pre-conference session has a separate fee (see left), but those who attend both the conference and the pre-conference session receive a discount.. Register by July 6 to receive discounted fees.. Full conference registration is:.. NACAC members -- $270 U.. Non-members -- $320 U.. After July 6, fees increase by $55.. In March, NACAC will publish a booklet about registration, workshops, the conference for youth, the children s program, and more.. To request one, send your name, address, and whether you want the booklet by mail or e-mail to.. Materials will also be posted on this page.. Sign up to receive regular e-mail updates from NACAC at.. nacac.. org/signupform.. Full-time students are eligible for a discount of 50 percent off all registration fees.. Copies of a current student ID and transcript are required..

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  • Title: NACAC | Adoption Tax Credit
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  • Title: NACAC | Links
    Descriptive info: NACAC | Links.. The following organizations and individuals offer additional information about adoption and child welfare issues.. Although NACAC staff have visited these sites before listing them here, many of them are extensive and change regularly, and we cannot be responsible for the information found on these sites.. If you find that a particular link is invalid, please send an e-mail to.. and let us know about the problem.. The links are organized into the following categories:.. General Adoption Resources.. General Adoption Resources Canada.. Funding Adoption.. Foster Parent Information and Training.. Exchanges and Photolistings.. Special Needs and Disabilities.. International Adoption.. Openness/Search and Reunion.. Child Welfare Policy and Legislation.. Adoption Publishers/Booksellers.. Special Populations.. National Child Welfare Resource Centers.. Current and Former Foster Youth.. Other.. General Adoption Resources U.. about.. Adoption.. Assistance, Information, Support.. adopting.. The Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System.. http://www.. acf.. hhs.. gov/programs/cb/stats_research/index.. htm.. adopting.. AdoptNet.. adoptnet.. AdoptUsKids.. adoptuskids.. Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.. davethomasfoundation.. adopt.. General Adoption Resources Canada.. National.. adoption.. Adoption Helper.. familyhelper.. net.. Adoptive Parents.. adoptiveparents.. Provincial.. Goverment of.. Alberta.. Children and Youth Services.. child.. alberta.. ca/home/600.. Adoptive Families Association of.. British Columbia.. (AFABC).. bcadoption.. Manitoba.. Family Services and Consumer Affairs.. mb.. ca/fs/index.. html.. New Brunswick.. Adoption Foundation.. nbadoption.. ca/.. Northwest Territories.. Health and Human Services.. hlthss.. nt.. ca/english/services/adoption/default.. Nova Scotia.. Community Services.. ns.. ca/coms/families/adoption/.. Adoption Council of.. Ontario.. on.. Québec.. quebecadoption.. Adoption Support Centre of.. Saskatchewan.. adoptionsask.. Financing Adoption.. ForeAdoption Foundation.. Gift of Adoption.. National Adoption Foundation.. Foster Care and Adoptive Community.. fosterparents.. Foster Parent College.. fosterparentcollege.. National Foster Care Coalition.. nationalfostercare.. org.. National Foster Parent Association.. nfpainc.. adoptamericanetwork.. adoptex.. Children Awaiting Parents.. capbook.. (links to states' on-line photolistings).. Jewish Children's Adoption Network.. http://jcan.. qwestoffice.. nwae.. Attachment.. Association for Treatment and Training in the Attachment.. of Children (ATTACh).. attach.. Attachment Disorder Site.. attachmentdisorder.. Attachment Disorder Support Group.. adsg.. syix.. com/adsg/index.. Attachment and Trauma Network.. radzebra.. Reactive Attachment Disorder.. radkid.. Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Defi.. cit Hyperactivity Disorder.. Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD).. chadd.. The National Attention Deficit Disorder Association.. add.. Bipolar Disorder.. The Bipolar Child.. bipolarchild.. Bipolar Disorders Center..  ...   Gathering.. pbs.. org/weblab/adoption.. Adoption Reunion Registry.. http://registry.. com/.. American Adoption Congress.. americanadoptioncongress.. Bastard Nation.. bastards.. Concerned United Birthparents.. cubirthparents.. International Soundex Reunion Registry.. isrr.. Child Welfare Policy and Legislation.. Adoption Advocates Adoption Policy Resource Center.. fpsol.. com/adoption/advocates.. Association of the Administrators of the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance (AAICAMA).. aaicama.. org/cms/.. Chapin Hall.. chapinhall.. Children's Rights.. childrensrights.. Child Welfare Institute.. gocwi.. adoptioninstitute.. Fostering Connections Resource Center.. fosteringconnections.. National Association of Counsel for Children.. NACCchildlaw.. University of New England (links to child welfare statistics).. http://socialwork.. une.. edu/a-child-abuse-statistics-and-research-reference-guide-for-social-workers/.. Urban Institute.. urban.. Adoption World Publishing.. adoptionworld.. https://netforum.. avectra.. com/eWeb/Shopping/Shopping.. aspx?.. Site=CWLA WebCode=Shopping.. emkpress.. com.. guilford.. jkp.. Pact, An Adoption Alliance.. pactadopt.. perspectivespress.. routledge.. tapestrybooks.. Gay and Lesbian Parents.. Center Kids.. gaycenter.. org/families/.. Families Like Ours.. familieslikeours.. Family Equality Council.. familyequality.. Human Rights Campaign All Children All Families Initiative.. hrc.. org/resources/entry/.. all-children-all-families-about-the-initiative.. First Nations and Native American Families.. First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada.. fncfcs.. National Indian Child Welfare Association.. nicwa.. Jewish Parents.. jcan.. Stars of David International, Inc.. starsofdavid.. Kinship Care Providers.. Brookdale Foundation.. brookdalefoundation.. CANGRANDS.. cangrands.. cwla.. org/programs/kinship.. Generations United.. gu.. The Grandfamilies State Law and Policy Resource Center.. grandfamilies.. National Child Welfare Resource Centers.. nrcadoption.. National Child Welfare Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections.. nrcpfc.. National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement.. http://muskie.. usm.. maine.. edu/helpkids.. National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues.. http://apps.. americanbar.. org/child/rclji.. National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data and Technology.. nrccwdt.. National Resource Center for Youth Development.. http://nrcys.. ou.. edu/yd/.. Current and Former Foster Youth.. Foster Care Alumni Association (FCAA).. fostercarealumni.. Foster Care Central.. fostercarecentral.. Foster Care Council of Canada.. afterfostercare.. FosterClub.. fosterclub.. The Purple Project.. thepurpleproject.. American Academy of Adoption Attorneys.. adoptionattorneys.. Annie E.. Casey Foundation Family to Family Initiative.. aecf.. org/Home/MajorInitiatives/Family to Family.. aspx.. Casey Family Programs.. casey.. Casey Family Services.. caseyfamilyservices.. Foster Care to Success.. http://fc2success.. Heart Gallery of America, Inc.. heartgalleryofamerica.. org/.. National Center for Adoption Law Policy.. law.. capital.. edu/adoption.. National Clearinghouse on Families Youth.. ncfy.. National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association.. nationalcasa.. National Mentoring Partnership.. mentoring.. Wednesday's Child.. http://wednesdayschild..

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