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Become a Member

NCFA's Adoption Advocates have a unique opportunity to unite with a community of people who are passionate about adoption and share the belief that every child deserves a loving, permanent family.

Our members will help make a difference in the lives of thousands of children waiting to be adopted and play a key role in promoting a culture of adoption in our nation and around the world through advocacy, social networking, blogging, and sharing with others the personal impact of adoption in their lives.

We welcome all who share in the belief that every child deserves a loving, permanent family.  Our members include adopted individuals, birthparents, adoptive parents, families, social workers, students, and adoption professionals from all walks of life.

We're excited to welcome you, so click here to learn more.

Find an NCFA Member Agency

NCFA has over 60 member adoption agencies with over 225 offices across the U.S. Using an NCFA member adoption agency gives you the peace of mind that your agency is credible, reliable, and operates in an ethical, transparent manner. Click here to find an NCFA Member Agency.

To view membership requirements for becoming an NCFA member agency, click here.  You can also download a printable list of NCFA's 2011 Member Agencies. 

Find an NCFA Member Attorney

NCFA recently expanded our membership to include adoption attorneys. Using an NCFA member attorney gives you the peace of mind that your attorney is credible, reliable, and operates in an ethical, transparent manner.   Click here to find an NCFA Member Attorney near you.

Financial Resources for Adoptive Parents

Adopting a child is a wonderful way to build a family.  But we understand it can also place a significant strain on a family's finances.  Click here to view a list of financial resources that may be available to you. 

Training Tools for Adoptive Parents

For over three years, NCFA has offered an online Hague-Compliant training program called The Intercountry Adoption Journey for prospective adoptive parents and agency staff.

The Intercountry Adoption Journey is an interactive, comprehensive learning experience featuring in-depth information and insights from government and agency officials, adoption agency professionals, country specialists, medical and legal experts, and adoptive parents. 

  • First online training program reviewed by the U.S. Department of State and the Council on Accreditation
  • Certificate program provides 8 of 10 hours of parent training required under Hague and 8 CEU credits for agency staff.
  • Online delivery means "anytime, anywhere" convenience for users.
  • Updated regulary to provide the most current information available.

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Support Groups & Other Resources

Whether you're a prospective adoptive parent, or have already welcomed your adopted child into your home, we believe it is important to connect with others who understand the joys and challenges you may be facing. Click here to view a list of national adoption support groups. 

If you are looking for pre- and post-adoption support and/or counseling to help acclimate your child into the family, we encourage you to check out C.A.S.E. Center for Adoption Support and Education. They are a non-profit organization that focuses on providing pre- and post-adoption counseling and education services to families, educators, child welfare staff, and mental health care providers in the DC Metropolitan area. 

Stepparent Adoption? Click here for general information about the legal issues to consider and steps to take when adopting a stepchild. 

National Adoption Conference

Every year at our annual conference, leaders in the field of adoption learn what is happening at the forefront of adoption policy and practice and how they can play an active role in improving and safe-guarding adoption.  This year, we added educational tracks that provided prospective adoptive parents with the unique opportunity to learn about the latest research on various topics surrounding adoption, as well as resources available to them pre- and post-adoption.  Click here for more information about the 2012 National Adoption Conference in National Harbor, MD. 

Recommended Reading Materials

We recommend a specific list of books, articles, and publications to help better understand the adoption process, policies, an what to expect if you are considering building your family through adoption.  Click here to view our Suggested Reading list. 

Accurate Adoption Language

Words not only convey facts, they also evoke feelings. For example, when a TV show or movie contains language about a “custody battle” between “real parents” and “other parents,” this reinforces the inaccurate notion that only birthparents are real parents and that adoptive parents aren’t real parents. Members of society may also wrongly conclude that all adoptions are “battles.”

Accurate adoption language can stop the spread of misconceptions such as these. By using accurate language, we educate others about adoption. We choose emotionally “correct” words over emotionally laden words. We speak and write using appropriate adoption language in the hope of influencing others so that this language will someday become the norm.  Click here to download a list of accurate adoption language.

Personal Adoption Success Stories

"When we discovered that we couldn't have biological children, we were initially heartbroken, but almost immediately began to explore the idea of adopting children. Our daughter eventually came to us through a private adoption, and two years later, we were blessed again with a son through an adoption agency. They're both in their 20s now, absolutely precious to us, and couldn't be closer than if we had had them ourselves. Adoption is a wonderful means of growing a family – and we often remark that we feel like we love them as much or more than if we had had them biologically."

Melissa Needles and Alan Ridenour

"Knowing our son persevered through many challenges in foster care and who he is today is testament to the power of human resilience, love, and family.  He's knows he's safe, accepted, and secure with every opportunity given to him to discover his full potential.   It hasn't always been easy, but he's a blessing to us, and we can't imagine our life without him – or his without us."

Edward and Carol Longman

"Intercountry adoption has been an amazing adventure for our family. We have met people and had experiences we never would have had otherwise. And our children are endless sources of joy, love, and amazement. With one biological daughter, one daughter from China, one son from China, and another adoption from China in-process, we feel that our family is just as it was meant to be!"

Dan and Elisa Rosman

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