Research Fellows

Through our Research Fellows Program, National Council For Adoption (NCFA) partners with academics and others with specific areas of expertise in adoption and child welfare to increase public awareness on adoption issues, promote best practices, and pursue research that benefits and supports the adoption community.

Fellows’ activities include but need not be limited to the following:

  • Advise NCFA on policy and practice
  • Research and publish articles in NCFA’s Adoption Factbook series or Adoption Advocate publication that educate the public about important issues in adoption (can be adapted from longer or previously published academic works)
  • Give a presentation, participate in a panel, or lead a discussion at NCFA’s National Adoption Conference
  • Advocate for and conduct research that will aid adopted individuals, educate adoptive families and adoption professionals, and promote best practices in adoption and child welfare
  • Participate in webinars, trainings, and other educational opportunities for the lay and/or professional community
  • Conduct annual in-person or telephone conferences with NCFA staff to offer feedback and recommendations

NCFA is proud to have partnered with research fellow Kathleen Whitten of Georgia State University. We are also grateful to research fellow, author, and child advocate Dr. Karyn Purvis, co-founder of the Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University, whose research in developmental psychology has brought positive change to the lives of countless adopted children and families.

NCFA also accepts Legal/Graduate Fellows throughout the year. Legal or Graduate Fellows complete research and assist in NCFA’s educational and advocacy efforts to fulfill graduate school or law school course requirements.

To learn more about becoming an NCFA Fellow, please call our office at 703-299-6633 or email Ryan Hanlon at rhanlon@adoptioncouncil.org.