National Resources

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“One of the most important jobs many of us will ever have is being a parent. Throughout National Adoption Month, we celebrate all those who have invited a child in need into their hearts and into their homes, and we express our profound appreciation for all who help make adoptions possible. Let us continue strengthening the adoption process so that all children can learn, grow, and thrive with the support of a devoted and permanent family.”

– President Obama, Presidential Proclamation, National Adoption Month, November 2016

Adoption Learning Partners (ALP)
ALP offers web-based educational adoption resources for professionals, parents, and adopted individuals.

Beyond Consequences Institute (BCI)
BCI was created to educate and provide the resources for helping children with severe acting out behaviors. Their mission is to provide every child the opportunity to be parented out of love, ending the myth that a child can only respond and bond to a parent through fear-based parenting. BCI offers a variety of resources, including reading materials, phone coaching, online parenting support groups, and online parenting classes that teach parents the Beyond Consequences model.

Center for Adoption Support & Education (C.A.S.E.)
C.A.S.E. is a private, non-profit adoptive family support center. It was created in May 1998 to provide post-adoption counseling and educational services to families, educators, child welfare staff, and mental health providers in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington, D.C. C.A.S.E. is a national resource for families and professionals through its training, publications, and consultations.

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the general public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more. They provide access to print and electronic publications, websites, databases, and online learning tools for improving child welfare practice, including resources that can be shared with families.

The Donaldson Adoption Institute
Founded in 1996, the Adoption Institute is a national not-for-profit organization devoted to improving adoption policy and practice. The Adoption Institute’s mission is to provide leadership that improves adoption laws, policies and practices – through sound research, education and advocacy – in order to better the lives of everyone touched by adoption. The Institute conducts and synthesizes research, offers education to inform public opinion, promotes ethical practices and legal reforms, and works to translate policy into action.

National Council for Adoption (NCFA)
Founded in 1980, the NCFA is a nonprofit adoption advocacy agency that promotes a culture of adoption through education, research, and legislative action. Their areas of focus are infant adoption, adoption out of foster care, and intercountry adoption. They serve children, birthparents, adoptive families, adoption agencies, U.S. and foreign governments, policymakers, media, and the general public as the authoritative voice for adoption.

North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
Founded in 1974 by adoptive parents, NACAC is committed to meeting the needs of waiting children and the families who adopt them. They offer a quarterly newsletter called Adoptalk and a section on Post Adoption Support.