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Charting a New Path: Creativity vs. Reactivity

Registration is now open for the 2014 National Adoption Conference! Join National Council For Adoption and leaders in the field of adoption in Orlando, FL, on June 19-20, 2014, for two information-packed days of educational sessions and transformational networking opportunities targeted towards adoption professionals and all those with an advanced interest in adoption. Learn more and register here.



   

April Webinar Series

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Ethical Guidelines for Supporting Families at Risk of Disruption or Dissolution

A 3-part series for Adoption Professionals on Preparing, Educating, and Supporting Adoptive Families.

 

Join National Council For Adoption and four nationally-renowned experts as they discuss how to support children and families to predict and prevent adoption through education and support when possible and how to safely and ethically transition a child to a new home when it is necessary.

Join us April 14th, 21st, and 28th for three one-hour presentations with additional time for questions and answer in April. Join us for just one of these events or take all three at a special discounted rate!

Don't miss out! Learn more about the webinar topics and register for the series here.



   

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Children Need Families. We Need Your Voice!

Children in Families First Act of 2013 (CHIFF) Introduced in the House of Representatives March 4, 2013, and in the Senate September 19, 2013.

Every day, all over the world, more children find themselves living without families – on the streets, in orphanages, in refugee camps. By some estimates, there are now 200 million orphans in the world. But the U.S. Government, through our foreign policy and programming, is not helping to turn this around.

Americans know that family is the bedrock of any society, and that children need the permanent love, care, and protection of a family to grow into healthy, productive adults. Although U.S. foreign policy in theory emphasizes preserving or creating safe, permanent families for children through family reunification, kinship care, domestic or intercountry adoption, the structures and coordination are not there to make it happen. We need change, and it will take legislation to get us on the right path.

The Children in Families First Act (CHIFF) is just that legislation. It seeks to redirect a portion of the funds the U.S. currently spends on children living abroad toward ensuring that all children grow up in a family. 

YOU can be a part of the thousands who care enough to take action! Here’s how you can get involved

  1. Call your Members of Congress! Ask them to cosponsor the Children in Families First Act. Let them know that you want your government to make a family for every child a priority!
  2. Connect with Congress online. Social media allows you to directly connect with your elected officials.
  3. Visit your members of Congress.
  4. Email a letter to Congress.
  5. Be a part of the community! Like CHIFF on Facebook and Twitter!

To learn more, please visit www.childreninfamiliesfirst.org



   

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A Changed Life Through Adoption
Cristen is a brave young woman who chose adoption to provide the best life for her and her baby. When pregnancy changed her life, Cristen chose a loving family for her baby and changed both their lives forever. Watch her incredible story now >>




   

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Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl Opinion: A Victory for Children and Families

June 25, 2013 – Today The Supreme Court of the United States released their opinion on Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, argued before the Court April 16, 2013. National Council For Adoption participated by submitting an amicus brief asking the Court to act in a way that would allow children’s complete best interests to be reviewed when their case was impacted by the Indian Child Welfare Act. We believe the Court has done just that by interpreting the provisions in question in a way that allow the Indian Child Welfare Act to continue to protect the culture and heritage within a family without harming the larger best interests of children.

The Court reversed the South Carolina Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision. The opinion of the Court delivered by Justice Alito (joined by Roberts, Kennedy, Thomas, and Breyer) addresses 3 key pieces of the Indian Child Welfare Act and decides the following:

  1. “25 U.S.C. §1912(f) which bars involuntary termination of a parent’s rights in the absence of a heightened showing that serious harm to the Indian Child is likely to result from the parent’s ‘continued custody’ of the child – does not apply when, as here, the relevant parent never had custody of the child.”
  2. “25 U.S.C. §1912(d) which conditions involuntary termination of parental rights with respect to an Indian child on a showing that remedial efforts have been made to prevent the ‘breakup of the Indian family’ – is inapplicable when, as here, the parent abandoned the Indian child before birth and never had custody of the child.”
  3. “25 U.S.C. §1915(a), which provides placement preferences for the adoption of Indian children, does not bar a non-Indian family like Adoptive Couple from adopting an Indian child when no other eligible candidates have sought to adopt the child.”

“This is a wonderful victory for children and adoption” said Megan Lindsey, Director of Public Policy and Education. “The Court chose to prioritize and protect the best interests of children, preserving culture as a priority, but promising a balanced interpretation that allows a child’s broader best interests to be considered. We at National Council For Adoption are so grateful to the Court for hearing and deciding this important case in a way that shows their commitment to children and families.”



   

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April 1, 2014

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NCFA Releases Adoption Advocate No. 70: The Role of Facilitators in Adoption

March 5, 2014

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NCFA Releases Adoption Advocate No. 69: Mental Health Professionals' Attitudes and Expectations About Adoption and Adopted Children

February 3, 2014

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NCFA Releases Adoption Advocate No. 68: "Will I Love Her?": Love and Attachment in Adoption

January 2, 2014

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NCFA Releases Adoption Advocate No. 67: NCFA's 2014 Policy Priorities and Adoption-Related Legislation

December 19, 2013

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The Children in Families First Working Group Claims U.S. Department of State Arbitrarily Limits International Adoptions

December 2, 2013

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NCFA Releases Adoption Advocate No. 66: Recognizing FASD-Related Speech and Language Deficits in Internationally Adopted Children

November 1, 2013

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NCFA Releases Adoption Advocate No. 65: My Story of Foster Care and Transracial Adoption

November 1, 2013

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Religious and Civic Leaders Fight to End Foster Care Wait List at Foster the City

October 3,2013

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NCFA Releases Adoption Advocate No. 64: The Role of Social Media in Adoption 

September 25, 2013

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National Council For Adoption to be Honored at RESOLVE's Night of Hope

September 11, 2013

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NCFA Responds to Media Reports Regarding the Practice of Underground Placements of Internationally Adopted Children

September 3, 2013

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NCFA Releases Adoption Advocate No. 63 | Children of Trauma: What Educators Need to Know

August 1, 2013

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NCFA Releases Adoption Advocate No. 62: Supporting Children and Families When Adoption Dissolution Occurs

July 1, 2013

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NCFA Releases Adoption Advocate No. 61: The Healing Power of "Giving Voice"

June 25, 2013

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Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl Opinion: A Victory for Children and Families

June 3, 2013

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NCFA Releases Adoption Advocate No. 60: Preparing Older Children for the Adoption of a Sibling | Recommendations for Families Considering Intercountry Adoption

May 10, 2013

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NCFA Re-Launches Groundbreaking iChooseAdoption Campaign

May 2, 2013

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NCFA Releases Adoption Advocate No. 59: Paths to Permanence | Kin Guardianship and Adoption

May 1, 2013

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National Foster Care Month Marks Re-Launch of NCFA's Families For All Campaign

April 1, 2013  

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NCFA Releases Adoption Advocate No. 58: Birthparent Issues of Grief and Loss

March 1, 2013  

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NCFA Releases Adoption Advocate No. 57: Reconsidering Intercountry Adoption