National Council For Adoption

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We believe every child deserves a nurturing, permanent family!

Mission: Founded in 1980, the National Council For Adoption (NCFA) is an adoption advocacy nonprofit that promotes a culture of adoption through education, research, and legislative action. Our areas of focus are infant adoption, adoption out of foster care, and intercountry adoption. Passionately committed to the belief that every child deserves a nurturing, permanent family, we serve children, birthparents, adoptive families, adoption agencies, U.S. and foreign governments, policymakers, media, and the general public as the authoritative voice for adoption.

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Happy World Adoption Day from the NCFA Staff and Intern team! Started by the founder of AdoptTogether, today is a day to...
11/10/2020

Happy World Adoption Day from the NCFA Staff and Intern team! Started by the founder of AdoptTogether, today is a day to lift up all voices in the adoption community, to share your story, to reflect on your adoption journey and to connect with those touched by adoption.

Share your smile and support for adoption in the comments below or tag us and AdoptTogether in your post 😃

Want to learn more about World Adoption Day? Check out the link in the comments.
#nationaladoptionmonth
#WorldAdoptionDay

#flashbackfriday to 2013 when NCFA received the Hope Award for Achievement from our friends at RESOLVE: The National Inf...
11/06/2020

#flashbackfriday to 2013 when NCFA received the Hope Award for Achievement from our friends at RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. We were humbled and honored to be acknowledged for our work, and we remain grateful for opportunities to collaborate with Resolve on common goals in awareness, education, and advocacy.
#ncfa40

We absolutely love this family's story shared on the  Today Show earlier this week. #adoption #specialneedsadoption #lov...
11/06/2020
Colorado family opens heart and home adopting child with special needs

We absolutely love this family's story shared on the Today Show earlier this week.
#adoption #specialneedsadoption #lovemakesafamily #familiesforall #nationaldoptionmonth

https://www.today.com/video/colorado-family-opens-heart-and-home-adopting-child-with-special-needs-95154245766

When Byron and Kari Hall set out to start a family, they knew adoption would be part of their story. After conceiving two children and adopting three more, they worked with the Gladney Center for Adoption to adopt daughter Ivy, who has dwarfism. Watch as Hoda and Jenna surprise them with a special g...

“I was so nervous it would fall through at the last minute," he told TODAY Parents. “But I get to be there for them for ...
11/05/2020
Foster dad couldn't bear to break them apart, so he adopted 5 siblings

“I was so nervous it would fall through at the last minute," he told TODAY Parents. “But I get to be there for them for the rest of their life. They never have to worry about being neglected or alone ever again. We're a family forever."

https://www.today.com/parents/former-foster-child-robert-carter-adopts-5-siblings-t197149

#adoptfromfostercare #nationaladoptionmonth #familiesforall #siblingsadoption

Robert Carter was traumatized after he was separated from his own brothers and sisters as a little boy.

Our VA based staff honoring #nationaladoptionmonth this morning! We'd love to hear in the comments how adoption has impa...
11/03/2020

Our VA based staff honoring #nationaladoptionmonth this morning! We'd love to hear in the comments how adoption has impacted your life. Share a picture and we'll consider using it an upcoming post! 📷

#adoption #familiesforall #ncfa40

National Adoption Month 2020 has begun and we are excited to share content throughout the month that reflects the divers...
11/02/2020

National Adoption Month 2020 has begun and we are excited to share content throughout the month that reflects the diversity of perspectives and experiences within the adoption community. We’re kicking it off with the November issue of the #AdoptionAdvocate from licensed professional clinical counselor and adopted individual, Cam Lee Small of Therapy Redeemed.

Adopted individuals navigate adoption as a lifelong experience, and the teenage years can be a particularly stressful season as they begin to process their life’s story through more mature eyes. Cam explores common struggles in identity formation during teenage years, offering guidance for adoptive parents to patiently meet teens where they are in their journey, using affirming, strengths-based language, and supporting them as they process their identity.

Read it here: https://www.adoptioncouncil.org/publications/2020/11/adoption-advocate-no-149

National Council For Adoption's cover photo
10/30/2020

National Council For Adoption's cover photo

This is why we do what we do! We can't wait for National Adoption Month - it starts on Sunday! ❤️  ❤️  ❤️ “It only takes...
10/27/2020
Giving Matters: National Adoption Month celebrates the life-changing power of unconditional love - GREENVILLE JOURNAL

This is why we do what we do! We can't wait for National Adoption Month - it starts on Sunday! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

“It only takes one caring adult to change the trajectory of someone’s future. We didn’t save any of them; all we did was love them. Every child needs someone who will love them, even when they screw up. Fostering is one of the hardest things we have ever done, but nothing we’ve ever done has been more fulfilling than seeing a life change,” Brockman says.

https://greenvillejournal.com/giving-matters/national-adoption-month-celebrates-the-life-changing-power-of-unconditional-love/

#adoptfromfostercare #adoption #familiesforall #adoptionawareness

The Brockman family had three biological children, Grace, 16, Charleigh, 12, and William, 9, punctuated by rounds of fertility drugs and heartbreaking miscarriages, before realizing the best way to grow their family would be through adoption.

Everyone deserves a permanent, loving family! #teenadoption #adoptfromfostercare #familiesforall "A few months later, we...
10/23/2020

Everyone deserves a permanent, loving family!
#teenadoption #adoptfromfostercare #familiesforall

"A few months later, we were joking around about her future, and she said, “Have you ever thought about adopting a teen?” And the rest was history. 189 days after coming to me for the last time, we said forever. They even managed to squeeze us in 3 days before she turned 17, her one wish not to have to spend another birthday in the system."

I got the call on March 9, 2019, from my favorite social worker. She said, “I know you don’t do teens, but I have this girl. She’s great, her and her current foster family just need a break. What about just for the weekend?”⠀

I wanted to help, so I said yes and we just clicked. I loved having someone around who shared my love of Twilight and sleeping in late. I did respite for her several times over the next few months. That fall, she came to me temporarily for about a week when her foster home put in their notice.⠀

In March of 2020, almost exactly a year from that first call, I got another call. Respite, just for the weekend. Again. I had just taken in a newborn sibling, leaving me with six kids under 6, but I couldn’t say no. There was nowhere else for her to go and she was part of our family at that point. Respite quickly turned into a temporary placement until they could find somewhere long-term.⠀

Then she asked to stay until she aged out. She didn’t want to be adopted at that point. Too many disappointments. She didn’t want to have to move again, either.⠀

A few months later, we were joking around about her future, and she said, “Have you ever thought about adopting a teen?” And the rest was history. 189 days after coming to me for the last time, we said forever. They even managed to squeeze us in 3 days before she turned 17, her one wish not to have to spend another birthday in the system.⠀

Recently, she got invited on an out-of-state trip with one of her friends. I said yes and she quickly reminded me that we needed to call her social worker to get it approved. And then she smiled. She said, “That’s right. You’re my mom now. We don’t have to ask permission from anyone ever again.”⠀
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Love this post so much by @katie_irlene ❤️

#tbt In 1992, NCFA inducted Scott Hamilton into the Adoption Hall of Fame! An adopted individual whose inspiring life st...
10/22/2020

#tbt In 1992, NCFA inducted Scott Hamilton into the Adoption Hall of Fame! An adopted individual whose inspiring life story has encouraged millions, Scott and his wife went on to become adoptive parents in 2014 and he recently launched Live Your Days in partnership with our good friends over at 5by5!

Check out the first video episode with Scott in which he shares the inspiration behind starting the Live Your Days platform, the life journey that brought him to this moment, and practical advice on how someone can make each day matter — and the implications if we don’t. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rylbg34kLoQ

10/22/2020
2020 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces List – Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

Congratulations and Kudos to these exceptional workplaces for supporting adoption! Way to go 👏👏👏

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
https://www.davethomasfoundation.org/library/2020-100-best-adoption-friendly-workplaces-list/

The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption partnered with RTI International to survey employers across the United States to conduct the Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace survey.

10/21/2020

A big shout out to Kelly and Marsha from Your Adoption Finance Coach for providing a professionals webinar for NCFA members today! Now more than ever, best practices and effective resources are needed to help prospective adoptive parents navigate the complexities of adoption finances.
On November 16th, we'll be offering a free, informational webinar with YAFC just for prospective adoptive parents. More info to come!

Welcoming New Life Adoptions of Minnesota  to NCFA membership today! Located in Richfield, New Life offers comprehensive...
10/19/2020

Welcoming New Life Adoptions of Minnesota to NCFA membership today! Located in Richfield, New Life offers comprehensive adoption services for both birth parents and adoptive parents.

10/19/2020
Voices of Adoption – A Conversation For and Amongst Adoptees

This FREE event, just for #adoptees, is being offered tomorrow night by NCFA member agency Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children.

"Join adoptees, both internationally and domestically adopted in a conversation about where we find ourselves in this time of global pandemic, social unrest, and virtual connecting."
Learn more at >>>
https://spence-chapin.org/events/voices-of-adoption-a-conversation-for-and-amongst-adoptees/

https://youtu.be/ZjACFaIxznY

Join adoptees, both internationally and domestically adopted in a conversation about where we find ourselves in this time of global pandemic, social unrest, ...

Prime Days have started and we know lots of you are grabbing great deals. You can make a difference with every dollar by...
10/13/2020

Prime Days have started and we know lots of you are grabbing great deals. You can make a difference with every dollar by supporting NCFA's work for adoption via Amazon Smile! Start at our shortlink: smile.amazon.com/ch/75-1721671

What a fantastic story! ⭐️⭐️⭐️
10/13/2020

What a fantastic story! ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Two years ago, Karee and Rodney were flying home from China with their newly adopted daughter, Bella. They didn’t speak Mandarin. Bella didn’t speak English, but Flight Attendant Jackie (AKA Grandma Jackie) spoke both.

"We’d had Bella with us for not quite two weeks and she was being so, so brave. But about halfway through the flight, something triggered our brave girl, and she had a full-on panic attack like nothing we had seen before. Uncontrollable, terror in her eyes, all the uncertainty at that moment kind of screaming. She cried. I cried. It was awful.

Grandma Jackie came by several times and stayed with us as much as she could. Eventually, Grandma J’s sweet, soothing voice won her over and Bella let her hold her several times. She offered to walk Bella around the plane to distract her for as long as she could. I think she deserves all the love for being such a precious, caring person and going above and beyond 'just doing her job.'

We exchanged contact info and have kept in touch, so this year, Bella invited Grandma Jackie to come to her birthday in September. Imagine our surprise when Grandma Jackie called to say not only was she coming up for Bella's birthday, but she was going to bring all the things to make homemade dumplings so that Bella could have real Chinese food for her birthday! We had a fantastic day together, and we feel like we've made new friends for life. All because Grandma Jackie was on that flight and knew we needed someone just like her that day."

The people you meet while traveling are often just as special as the destination. We’re thankful for employees like Jackie that go the extra mile to make some of the most difficult times a little easier.

October is also #downsyndromeawarenessmonth and we are excited to share several resources with you about adopting a chil...
10/12/2020

October is also #downsyndromeawarenessmonth and we are excited to share several resources with you about adopting a child with Down Syndrome. NCFA believes that every child, everywhere, regardless of their need or ability, equally deserves a permanent, nurturing family to help them reach their full potential.

Reece's Rainbow was a pioneer in international adoption advocacy and grants for waiting children with Down Syndrome. They remain one of the leaders in this area.

National Down Syndrome Adoption Network was founded in 1982 and focuses on advocacy and support for adoption from foster care and through private infant domestic adoption in the U.S.

Released in 2019 to benefit Open Hearts for Orphans adoption grants for special needs adoption, "Extraordinary Adoption" provides an inside look at the struggles, successes, joys and challenges of adopting and parenting a child with Down Syndrome through the stories of 13 families. You can learn more at: extraordinaryadoption.com.

And finally, NCFA member RainbowKids Adoption Advocacy offers prospective adoptive parents information and resources about special needs adoption, country programs and the ability to learn more about waiting children with special needs such as Down Syndrome.

#familiesforall #downsyndromeawarenessmonth #downsyndromeadoption #specialneedsadoption

Amazon Prime Days start on Tuesday! 🛒  As you scope out the deals, consider designating NCFA as your nonprofit of choice...
10/12/2020

Amazon Prime Days start on Tuesday! 🛒 As you scope out the deals, consider designating NCFA as your nonprofit of choice for Amazon Smile. Here's how in a few quick steps:

1. Login to your Amazon Account
2. Choose NCFA through our Amazon Smile shortlink: smile.amazon.com/ch/75-1721671
3. Once you've selected NCFA as your Smile beneficiary, just start all your shopping at smile.amazon.com and Amazon will automatically donate a portion of your purchases to our work for adoption!

Not a Prime member? Not a problem! Everyone can use Amazon Smile! 😀

Consider the Possibilities! You may be the Mom or Dad a brave Spina Bifida warrior has been waiting for. Children and ad...
10/10/2020

Consider the Possibilities! You may be the Mom or Dad a brave Spina Bifida warrior has been waiting for. Children and adolescents with spina bifida are waiting for permanent families in both domestic and international programs. Visit adoptioncouncil.org to learn more about your adoption options.

#spinabifidaawarenessmonth #specialneedsadoption #familiesforall

Amazon is making it easier than ever for you to support your favorite nonprofit while you shop the great deals on Prime ...
10/09/2020

Amazon is making it easier than ever for you to support your favorite nonprofit while you shop the great deals on Prime Days! Just use NCFA's Amazon Smile short link when you shop! smile.amazon.com/ch/75-1721671

#supportadoption #amazonsmile #primedays

When families adopt older children, they often find they do not have the tools and support they need when challenges ari...
10/05/2020

When families adopt older children, they often find they do not have the tools and support they need when challenges arise. In October’s issue of the Adoption Advocate, Kris Kittle PhD and Dr. Kelly Reed of Adoption Survival explore the impact that difficult past experiences can have on older youth, encouraging parents to tailor their parenting strategies to best fit their child’s unique needs and coping behaviors. Drawing from their original research and professional experience, Dr. Kittle and Dr. Reed also discuss ways for parents to utilize trustworthy resources and professional help over time to strengthen their support system.

Read it here: https://www.adoptioncouncil.org/publications/2020/10/adoption-advocate-no-148

This summer we ran a #meetthestaffmonday series and we are circling back now to wrap it up with a post this week and nex...
10/05/2020

This summer we ran a #meetthestaffmonday series and we are circling back now to wrap it up with a post this week and next week. First up is Lauren Koch, NCFA's Director of Development.

I have worked at NCFA for 13 years in several different capacities and by far one of the most rewarding aspects of my job is the relationships I have built with people who love making a difference in the lives of children, families, and birth parents. I love how adoption brings so many people together. 💛

I was adopted as an infant at three days old. I am so grateful to my birth mother for choosing to place me for adoption, and to my parents who gave me and my brother a wonderful childhood. As a mother myself, I am even more deeply touched by and keenly aware of the sacrifices that birth parents and adoptive parents make for their children. 💙

If I could meet with any famous person it would be Faith Hill. 🎤 🎶 I have always admired her music, happy and joyful spirit, and her commitment to family. And, she was adopted! 🌟

What's my favorite beverage to drink at work? Coffee. And Mexican Coke. 😀

As much as I love reading, I don’t have a lot of time to sit and read books these days, but I love a few apps for quick, daily inspiration. 📱My current favorites are She Reads Truth, First 5 and Calm. One of my favorites blogs is Simply On Purpose; it’s such a great mix of positive parenting, wellness, and living simply and organized. 🧡

#flashbackfriday This week marked 20 years since the U.N. World Summit on Children, and NCFA was honored to be the only ...
10/02/2020
WORLD SUMMIT FOR CHILDREN; World's Leaders Gather at U.N. for Summit Meeting on Children

#flashbackfriday This week marked 20 years since the U.N. World Summit on Children, and NCFA was honored to be the only adoption policy organization to advise President George H.W. Bush in advance of this landmark event. In our 40 year history, NCFA has served numerous presidents and we look forward to continuing a legacy of serving officials at the highest levels in the years to come. #ncfa40
https://www.nytimes.com/1990/09/30/us/world-summit-for-children-world-s-leaders-gather-un-for-summit-meeting-children.html

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Just a note to say THANK YOU for all you do! Here's a short inspirational story on our adoption and a tribute to all the birth families out there. THANKS AGAIN and keep up the great work! https://www.facebook.com/776975046035335/videos/396595224642292
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Reaching out to fellow adoption constellation members: birth families, adoptive families, adoptees, and any profession touched by adoption: If you were to attend an Adoption Conference, what topics would you be interested in learning about?
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Good morning friends! Just wanted to invite you to sign up for the 2018 CUB retreat! In case you don’t know, CUB, or Concerned United Birthparents, Inc. is an organization that began in the late 70’s when birthmothers decided to start speaking out and sharing their stories with the world. The result was powerful and has shown the nation and the world what it means to be a birthparent and that all voices in the adoption triad matter! I am very blessed to be working with CUB to promote the upcoming retreat which will take place in the Tampa area (Safety Harbor, FL) in early October! The keynote will be none other than Ann Fessler, adoptee and author of the powerful book “The Girls Who Went Away.” This story recounts the experiences of nearly a hundred women who surrendered their children to adoption in the era before Roe v. Wade. This retreat will also include special topics, a chance to network and fellowship with authors, organization leaders, meet members of all sides of the adoption triad (CUB now serves adoptees and adoptive parents too!), and make new friends who I can assure you will be there for you for a lifetime! I have had such an amazing time since I became a CUB member and started helping with outreach and the promotion of family preservation resources. If you would like to become a member and find out more about the retreat, check out the event page below or visit cubirthparents.org! Oh, and btw, my birthmother happens to live in the Tampa area too, so I’m excited to attend this retreat as mother and son!!!! Hope you’ll consider joining us! ❤️
I was referring to no. 118 no 119 which was discussing the Hague Agreement and how things have evolved.
I would caution any birth mother about family members who will do anything to interfere with a successful relationaship with their adopted child.This has happened to me years ago. It has been a disaster.
Just wanted to let you know that we have posted and will be posting links to some of your youtube videos on our social media accounts during this last week and in the coming week(s). Just thought you'd like to know! Thanks! Unplanned Good
If you are an adoptee or know an adoptee, would you please consider taking (&/or sharing) a #survey for adoptees (12 & older) designed by an adoptee?! It takes 10 min to complete & is designed so identities remain anonymous to encourage open & honest answers. It is available to take until 10/9. Every experience is uniquely valuable to the #adoption conversation so the greater the responses, the richer the content! Thank you in advance!
How can I send my bby for adoption