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Since our founding in 1980, we have been a leader in advancing adoption and child welfare policies that promote adoption of children out of foster care.

In 1981, our educational efforts assisted in the passage of the Adolescent Family Life Act which promoted adoption as an alternative for adolescent parents, and resulted in a $1,500 tax credit to adoptive parents for expenses associated with adopted special needs children.


In 1986, we successfully promoted an increase from $1,500 to $6,000 in the tax credit that adoptive parents of children with special needs could claim.


In 1988, we assisted in the promotion of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, which improved adoption assistance and strengthened support for abandoned infants.


In 1992, we educated policymakers on the need to pass the Uniform Adoption Act, which facilitated adoption placements and protected confidentiality in adoption.


In 1994, our educational efforts were instrumental in the passage of the Multi-Ethnic Placement Act (MEPA) which, as amended by the Interethnic Adoption Provisions (IEAP) of the Small Business Job Protection Act of 1996, stipulates that states may not deny or delay any adoptive or foster placement on the basis of the race or ethnic background of either the child or the prospective parents.


In 1997, we supported the Adoption and Safe Families Act, which created substantial incentives for providing permanent families for children and is widely credited with increasing the number of adoptions from foster care in subsequent years.  We also educated policymakers on the need to pass the Immigration and Nationality Act, which provided automatic American citizenship for many children adopted abroad.


In 2001, we promoted the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, which increased the tax credit that parents of all adopted children could claim to $10,000, to be adjusted for inflation.


In 2005, we supported the passage of the Fair Access to Foster Care Act, which allowed foster care maintenance payments for private, for-profit agencies.


In 2006, we promoted the Safe and Timely Interstate Placement of Foster Children Act, which expedites the process for placing foster and adopted children into homes across state lines.


In 2008, we were instrumental in securing passage of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act, which extends and improves the Adoption Incentives program, makes all children with special needs eligible for federal adoption assistance by 2018, and allows states the option of extending adoption assistance payments to youths aged 19, 20, or 21.  This was the most comprehensive child welfare reform bill since the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997.

For years, we have been promoting awareness of the need for judicial accountability and the establishment of performance measures for juvenile and family courts to ensure that children do not languish in foster care.  Our educational activities helped inform Congress' decision (in P.L. 109-171) to fund case tracking, so courts can better monitor and improve their permanency planning, and training for judges and court administrators.

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