NCFA member agencies* include both domestic and international adoption service providers who share a reputation for professionalism and excellence.
If you are thinking about adopting or placing a child for adoption, contact any NCFA member agency to explore your options, ask questions, and determine if they can best serve your individual needs. You will find agencies in most states and many communities. Our international adoption network provides adoption services in countries around the globe.
* NCFA has a diverse membership that shares in our commitment to providing loving, permanent families for children in need. NCFA does not require members to agree with NCFA on every policy issue, and membership does not mean that an agency supports every position of NCFA.
If your agency is interested in joining NCFA, please complete this short online form.
Founded in 1980, the mission of the National Council For Adoption (NCFA) is to promote the well-being of children, birthparents, and adoptive families by advocating for the positive option of adoption. Our main programs for achieving this mission are member agency services and training, policy analysis and government relations, research and publications, media relations and public education, conferences and events, website and social networking, and information clearinghouse services. Benefits of adoption agency membership in the National Council For Adoption include:
All member agencies and their staff are eligible to utilize the members-only listserv. A powerful tool, our listserv allows agency staff to communicate with one another as well as the NCFA. In addition to a the general listserv, we offer the following topic-specific listservs to our members:
NCFA is a comprehensive clearinghouse of adoption information. As a member agency, any member of your staff can receive assistance from NCFA staff regarding adoption cases and best-practices solutions. We strive to provide our members prompt expert advice to meet their adoption information needs from public policy and regulations to statistics and best practices. We monitor changing situations in the field of adoption by maintaining contacts with key domestic and international adoption officials, professionals, and websites, and provide authoritative, insider, members-only information as soon as it is available.
We represent the concerns and interests of our member agencies before policymakers and foreign and domestic governments to ensure adoption-friendly practices. Our member agencies speak with one powerful voice on matters of common interest, and, whenever possible, we assist them individually with policy issues in their states and specific-case problems they encounter with government agencies.
We provide training and education for members and their clients in the areas of intercountry and foster care adoptions. NCFA was very involved in drafting the Hague regulations, and has provided education to help members make the transition to the new system. We also help members learn how to work with the public child welfare system to promote adoptions of children out of foster care. We offer our member agencies up to 20% discount on all training registration fees for all agency staff.
NCFA's annual National Adoption Conference assembles government officials, agency directors, social workers, and leaders in the adoption community from around the country to discuss crucial issues facing adoption. We also advocate for pro-adoption policies and positive public attitudes towards adoption with briefings and conferences for policy and opinion leaders. As a member agency, you are eligible for up to a 20% discount on conference and training registration fees for all agency staff.
Because of our leadership and visibility in the field of adoption, we receive many phone calls and e-mails from birthparents and prospective adoptive parents who want to work with a credible adoption agency. We refer these inquiries to those agencies we know best, our members. NCFA's online referral page is visited by thousands of potential clients each year and lists the services your agency provides.
Your NCFA membership entitles you to be listed on the our website and in our publications. Additionally, we highlight members' good work and success stories on the website and in publications, and refer friendly media inquiries about adoption agencies to our members.
Because of our credibility and leadership in the field of adoption, our member agencies are highly regarded as ethical, professional, and licensed operations that are respected among their peers. All member agencies receive a certificate of membership annually.
We reserve our most valuable information, meetings, and contacts for our members. For example, we send members inside information about breaking adoption news by e-mail. arrange meetings with high-ranking domestic and international government officials, and host members-only meetings to help CEOs learn from each other and discuss strategy.
When visiting America, country of origin adoption officials, from Moldova to China, request meetings with NCFA. Member agency directors frequently attend these meetings. We also arrange occasional trips to countries such as China and Russia, for member agency executives and our senior staff to meet with the governments' adoption officials and visit orphanages.
Because we are a sponsoring organization of COA, member agencies receive a 25% discount on certain COA fees.
In addition to the above benefits, NCFA member agencies receive the following:
"Partnering, through membership, with the National Council for Adoption for almost eight years has provided numerous advantages for New Beginnings International Children's & Family Services. These including involvement in the "Infant Adoption Awareness Training" program, superb annual conferences, frequent e-mail updates about current issues, and consultation opportunities with colleagues and members of the NCFA team. New Beginnings is proud to be an active member of the National Council for Adoption under the exemplary leadership of Mr. Chuck Johnson."
Tom Velie, LMSW
New Beginnings International Children's & Family Services, Tupelo, Mississippi
"NCFA provides the most up-to-date information on adoption issues in the U.S. From Tax Credit issues to alerts from the Department of State, NCFA is constantly asked for input on the most important issues as well as being asked to disseminate information to the public. NCFA is also an excellent source for the media, government officials and private individuals who have questions about adoption, both in the U.S. and abroad. NCFA truly is the voice for adoption, and our agency benefits by being an active part of this strong adoption advocate."
Heidi Bruegel Cox
Executive Vice President, General Counsel
The Gladney Center for Adoption, Fort Worth, Texas
"The commitment of NCFA to all types of adoption, the highest standards of adoption practices and ethics, the respect and dignity towards expectant parents and the right of all children to have a permanent loving home reflects a truly client committed organization. In addition NCFA's support during the Hague Accreditation process, their development of a Hague qualified training program for prospective adoptive parents and their on-going updates on inter-country adoption issues has been invaluable for both parents and agency staff."
Director of Maternity Services
Catholic Guardian Society and Home Bureau, New York, New York
For 33 years, NCFA has been the authoritative voice for adoption. Our research and education programs have led the way in promoting sound, ethical adoption policies and practices that have enabled children to find nurturing, permanent families through adoption.
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