Advocacy and Public Policy Organizations: Adoption
Series: Related Organizations Lists
Author(s): Child Welfare Information Gateway
Organizations that offer information about adoption advocacy and public policy. If you are aware of any others, please contact Child Welfare Information Gateway at: OrganizationUpdates@childwelfare.gov.
Inclusion on this list is for information purposes and does not constitute an endorsement by Child Welfare Information Gateway or the Children's Bureau.
Adoptees' Liberty Movement Association
PO Box 85
Denville, New Jersey 07834
Phone: (804) 264-0164
Adoptees' Liberty Movement Association (ALMA), a membership organization, is an adoption reunion registry. ALMA advocates for the right of adopted persons to know the truth of their origin. The ALMA registry has a one-time registration fee of $50.
Adoption Exchange Association
605 Global Way
Linthicum, Maryland 21090
Phone: (410) 636-7030
Toll-Free: (888) 200-4005
Fax: (410) 933-5716
The Adoption Exchange Association (AEA) connects representatives of State, regional, and national adoption agencies, placement agencies, parents, child welfare professionals, and concerned citizens nationwide. The AEA provides a forum which promotes the exchange of ideas and strategies, collaboration on issues of mutual interest, and increased effectiveness in utilizing resources to provide waiting children permanent homes.
AEA is the lead agency in AdoptUSKids, a Federal grant through the Childrenâ€™s Bureau, to recruit adoptive families for children waiting in foster care across the United States.
American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
859 Riverside Drive
Greenwood, Indiana 46142
Phone: (317) 407-8422
The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA) is a national membership association of attorneys who practice, or have otherwise distinguished themselves, in the field of adoption law. AAAA works to promote the reform of adoption laws and to disseminate information on ethical adoption practices. Their Membership Directory, including members from the U. S. and Canada, lists attorneys who are well versed in the complexities of adoption law as well as interstate and international regulations regarding adoption.
American Adoption Congress
1030 15th St. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20036
Phone: (202) 483-3399
Phone: (800) 888-7970
The American Adoption Congress (AAC) is an international network of individuals and organizations committed to honesty and openness in adoption and to reforms that protect all of those involved from abuse or exploitation. Membership is open to adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents, professionals, and all others who share a commitment to the AAC's goals.
Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children
1101 Wilson Blvd
American Public Human Services Association
Arlington, Virginia 22209
Phone: (202) 682-0100
Fax: (202) 289-6555
The Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children is a uniform State law establishing a contract among party States to ensure that children placed across state lines receive adequate protection and services. The primary function of the ICPC is to protect the interests of both the children and the States by requiring that certain procedures be followed in the interstate placement of children who are being adopted, placed with relatives, or going into residential care or foster family homes.
Black Administrators in Child Welfare, Inc.
7625 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Phone: (240) 482-4968
Fax: (240) 482-3599
Black Administrators in Child Welfare is committed to strengthening and supporting the healthy development of African American children, families, and communities through advocacy, leadership development, consultation, and training.
Child Welfare League of America
727 15th St. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20005
Phone: (202) 688-4200
Fax: (202) 833-1689
The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) is the oldest national organization serving vulnerable children, youth, and their families. CWLA provides training, consultation, and technical assistance to child welfare professionals and agencies while also educating the public on emerging issues that affect abused, neglected, and at-risk children. Through its publications, conferences, and teleconferences, CWLA shares information on emerging trends, specific topics in child welfare practice (family foster care, kinship care, adoption, positive youth development), and Federal and State policies.
Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute
311 Massachusetts Avenue NE
Washington, District of Columbia 20002
Phone: (202) 544-8500
Fax: (202) 544-8501
The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness about the foster children in this country and the orphans around the world in need of permanent, safe, and loving homes; and to eliminating the barriers that hinder these children from realizing their basic need of a family.
Creating a Family - The National Infertility and Adoption Education Nonprofit
874 Lambs Creek Road
Brevard, North Carolina 28712
Phone: (828) 862-8200
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
716 Mt. Airyshire Boulevard
Columbus, Ohio 43235
Toll-Free: (800) ASK-DTFA
Fax: (614) 764-3077
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national public charity dedicated to increasing the adoptions of children waiting in North Americaâ€™s foster care systems. Created by Wendyâ€™sÂ® founder, Dave Thomas, who was adopted as a child, the Foundation implements result-driven national signature programs, awareness initiatives, and advocacy efforts.
Donaldson Adoption Institute
PO Box 771
New York, New York 10026
Phone: (212) 925-4089
Fax: (775) 796-6592
The Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI) seeks to improve the quality of information about adoption, to enhance the understanding and perceptions about adoption, and to advance adoption policy and practice.
Family and Youth Law Center (FYLaw)
Capital University Law School
303 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: (614) 236-6730
Fax: (614) 236-6958
The Family and Youth Law Center at Capital University Law School (FYLaw) works within child welfare, adoption, and juvenile justice systems to support positive outcomes for children, youth, and families. Established in 1998 as the National Center for Adoption Law & Policy, FYLaw partners with local, State, and national agencies and organizations in collaborations aimed at improving the laws, policies, and practices associated with child protection, adoption, and juvenile justice systems. Over the past few years, FYLaw has expanded the services it provides beyond advocacy, training, and education to include direct representation of systems-involved youth. FYLaw launched the Foster Youth Advocacy Center (FYAC) to provide civil legal services to young adults transitioning out of the child welfare system and families at risk of systems involvement.
1400 Eye Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20005
Phone: (202) 657-0670
Fax: (202) 657-0671
First Focus is a bipartisan advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families a priority in Federal policy and budget decisions.
International Social Services - American Branch
1120 N Charles St
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Phone: (443) 451-1200
Fax: (410) 230-2741
The International Social Services organization provides services to families and individuals regarding problems that cross national boundaries, including inter-country adoptions. ISS-USA also offers consultation and advocacy services on child welfare issues.
National Adoption Center
1500 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
Phone: (215) 735-9988
Toll-Free: (800) 862-3678
The National Adoption Center (NAC) expands adoption opportunities for children living in foster care throughout the United States and is a resource to families and to agencies who seek the permanency of caring homes for children.
NAC provides links to specific resources for adoption professionals, prospective parents, adoptive families, and those seeking assistance with adoption search and reunion.
National Adoption Foundation
PO Box 936
Mount Kisco, New York 10549
Phone: (914) 407-4193
The National Adoption Foundation provides financial assistance, services, and support to families before, during, and after their adoptions. The Foundation's programs are available to any family whether they are adopting an infant, a child from abroad, or a child from foster care. In addition to providing financial assistance, NAF seeks to educate policy makers and the public about the financial barriers to adoption and the unmet needs of many families. The National Adoption Foundation is the only national resource dedicated exclusively to providing financial support, information, and services directly to adoptive families.
National Association of Counsel for Children
1600 Downing Street
Denver, Colorado 80218
Phone: (303) 864-5320
Toll-Free: (888) 828-NACC
Fax: (303) 864-5351
The National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) works to improve the legal protection and representation of children by training and educating child advocates and by effecting policy and legal systems change. The NACC sponsors conferences and seminars on important issues confronting child advocates and files amicus curiae briefs in selected court cases affecting children. The Association also has a legislative agenda, a national child advocate awards program, and a speakers bureau.
National Center on Adoption and Permanency
Phone: (949) 939-9016
Phone: (617) 903-0554
The National Center for Adoption and Permanency (NCAP) is a national organization that provides research, resources, education, training, consulting, and advocacy to improve the lives of children, families, and the professionals who serve them. NCAP's mission is to move child welfare policy and practice beyond the traditional "child-placement" model to a new paradigm focused on enabling children and their families to succeed.
National Conference of State Legislatures
7700 East First Place
Denver, Colorado 80230
Phone: (202) 624-5400
Phone: (303) 364-7700
Fax: (303) 364-7800
Fax: (202) 737-1069
The National Conference of State Legislatures promotes information sharing by tracking legislation and policy issues in State legislatures and the effect of Federal initiatives on the States. The NCSL offers information, publications, conferences, consulting services, and professional development seminars. The NCSL also advocates for the States by lobbying, testifying, and collaborating on Capitol Hill.
North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
970 Raymond Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
Phone: (651) 644-3036
The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) is a national organization that provides a wide range of resources for adoptive parents, including links to support groups and State Volunteer Representatives who are adoptive parents themselves. NACAC operates the Adoption Subsidy Resource Center, which helps adoptive and prospective adoptive parents learn about the benefits available to children and youth adopted from foster care.
500 L'Enfant Plaza SW
Washington, District of Columbia 20024
Phone: (202) 261-5709
Phone: (202) 833-7200
Toll-Free: (877) 847-7877
The Urban Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy, research, and educational organization established to examine the social, economic, and governance problems facing the nation. The Institute provides information and analysis to public and private decision makers and strives to improve citizen understanding of the issues and tradeoffs in policy-making. Among the Urban Institute's Policy Centers are population studies, communities, health, education, and social policy.