C.O.A. to Terminate Their Role as a National Accrediting Entity
The Council on Accreditation intends to transition out of this role over the next 14 months, citing the U.S. Department of State's Office of Children's Issues's significant policy changes as inconsistent with COA’s philosophy and mission. Here is our take on escalating disagreements between federal policymakers and intercountry adoption service providers, and our recommendations for all involved to have constructive conversations around our common goal: to ensure that the world's children have an opportunity to thrive in a loving, permanent family.Continue Reading
The U.S. Opioid Epidemic and Its Effect on Child Welfare
The use of opioid drug addiction is increasing in the United States, with substance abuse putting children at greater risk for maltreatment. Here is an informative infographic on how the opioid epidemic is effecting America's children.Continue Reading
The Importance of Obtaining Certificates of Citizenship
Most international adoptions now result in a certificate of citizenship (COC) being issued without any additional process or fees. However, that is not necessarily the case for all current and past intercountry adoptions. Learn more about the importance of the COC here and find out how to apply for a COC if you haven't already done so.Continue Reading
Intercountry Adoption Options for Older Parents
Older prospective adoptive parents may worry that adopting internationally is not an option for them. In this infographic, we break down the maximum age of prospective parents by country. Some countries have strict age caps, while others are more flexible. Learn more here!Continue Reading
Intercountry Adoption Options for LGBT+ Parents
LGBT+ prospective parents who are interested in adopting internationally as a single parent or a couple may struggle to find which countries are an option. Learn more with our quick infographic.Continue Reading
Intercountry Adoption Options for Single Parents
Single, unmarried prospective adoptive parents who want to pursue intercountry adoption have many options available to them. Here's an infographic detailing which countries are open to intercountry adoption by single parents.Continue Reading
What Does "Special Needs" Mean in Adoption?
In adoption, the term "special needs" varies by state and country. In this blog post, we explore some similarities and differences in the way "special needs" is defined across the U.S. and around the world.Continue Reading
Meet NCFA's 2017 Awardees!
For over 35 years, NCFA has been proud to honor incredible achievements in the field of adoption with our Adoption Hall of Fame and Friend of Adoption awards. Read more about our 2017 awardees: Tom Velie of New Beginnings Adoptions, Kelly Peterson of Utah Foster Care, and Consortium for Children's Structured Analysis Family Evaluation.Continue Reading