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National Council for Adoption

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Adoption, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Foster Care

Mission: Passionately committed to the belief that every child deserves to thrive in a nurturing, permanent family, NCFA’s mission is to meet the diverse needs of children, birth parents, adopted individuals, adoptive families, and all those touched by adoption through global advocacy, education, research, legislative action, and collaboration. Founded in 1980, National Council For Adoption has become the authoritative voice for adoption. NCFA’s areas of focus include domestic infant adoption, adoption and permanency outcomes for youth in foster care, and intercountry adoption. Our vision is a world in which all children everywhere have nurturing, permanent families.

Programs: For more than 35 years, National Council For Adoption has served all those in the adoption community as an authoritative voice for adoption. Our three areas of focus include adoption through foster care, domestic infant adoption, and intercountry adoption. Our Families For All program promotes positive public awareness of children in foster care waiting to be adopted and recruits adults to mentor, foster, or adopt children. The iChooseAdoption campaign provides up-to-date and relevant information about adoption to women facing an unintended pregnancy. Our Global Adoption Project increases awareness of the millions of children around the world living outside of care. This campaign encourages permanency solutions for these children, including reunification with their families, kinship adoption, global domestic adoption, or intercountry adoption. For more information on our education, awareness, and advocacy programs (including conferences, trainings, monthly publications, and more!) visit AdoptionCouncil.org.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interned with NCFA this summer as a Communications and Policy intern; it was an amazing time that left me with a lot of experience in my field as well as a lot of knowledge on policy. I was exposed to all the work and process that goes into passing the kind of influential legislation NCFA works on. I was given a voice when allowed to contribute to the organization's blog, and was given meaningful tasks that I'm sure helped on at least a micro level. Everyone in the office was so kind and inspirational with their dedication to the adoption community and expertise within their role. The other interns were likewise a joy and extremely intelligent, wonderful people. I have nothing but positive things to say about the integrity, passion, and diligence with which NCFA conducts itself on all levels. I highly recommend them and refer them as a resource for anyone looking into adoption!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Easily the nicest and most kind people to work with that I've ever met.

Steve185

Board Member

Rating: 5

First came in contact with NCFA in 1989. They are the premiere adoption advocacy organization in the country. Their staff are committed to protecting the institution of adoption and blessing the lives of members of the adoption triad through education and sound laws. Thank goodness there are organizations like NCFA!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

NCFA is dedicated to work for adopted individuals through advocacy and education. It was a pleasure to work with the staff on important human rights issues. Everyone was very friendly and very passionate about their work. I enjoyed getting to understand more about what happens on capitol hill and seeing the behind the scenes work on how the organization runs. Overall I am grateful for the broader outlook I have on adoption and policy due to the NCFA intern experience.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization working to advocate, educate, and support children who need a forever home here and around the world.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a founding member of National Council for Adoption in 1980 and am still on the board 36 years later, Both our early work was needed and important and today we are "THE VOICE OF ADOPTION". We have expanding in scope of work, size of board and services offered.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an adoption agency located in Hawaii, we rely on NCFA to keep us connected to our adoption colleagues across the country. NCFA offers support, advocacy, updated information regarding all aspects of our work, and a comprehensive annual conference.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an adoption professional, time is short and the need is long. There is so much information to filter and NCFA, through their list serves, timely email responses, newsletters, and annual conference provide us with up-to-the-minute information, a way to network with other professionals and advocate tirelessly for children throughout the world without family care.

Patty LTA

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thanks so much for your involvement in bringing together such a wonderful conference. I'm happy to have had the opportunity to participate in "From Helping to Healing Adoption Conference" recently in New Orleans. I came away with inspiration and a renewed zest for the work we all do in adoption.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

National council for adoption is a collaborative and skilled advocacy organization for adoption. Chuck Johnson, the executive director, and his team are exceptional.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

The NCFA has a long history of opposing needed adoption reform and lobbying for the status quo where outdated and archaic adoption processes are concerned. I am hopeful that in time, this organization may prove to be more progressive in its thinking and more genuinely child-centered in its practices. The adoptees of yesteryear are crying to be heard by NCFA and other groups like it.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCFA is great, I love how they focus on all kinds of different adoptions (domestic, international, foster care) and they are a POSITIVE voice and champion for Adoption!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an adoption supervisor at a child welfare agency. My team conducts home studies for placing agencies for international adoptions. I receive emails through the listserv and appreciate the expertise and knowledge provided (in the emails) from NCFA and its members from which I learn a great deal. sincerely appreciate the advocacy for children in the USA and abroad.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

NCFA has been an excellent resource for support and collaboration with other adoption professionals.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My family adopted teenagers from foster care, which has been a challenging journey. NCFA's articles and help with post-adoption issues dealing with loss and trauma have really helped our family provide a safe and structured home to these girls. A few years ago I went to an NCFA event in DC called Foster the City that introduced our local community to the idea of fostering, mentoring, or adopting kids in foster care. It was a great event -- and a much-needed one. There are about 100,000 children in foster care who are waiting for adoptive families, so I'm glad to know that NCFA is doing outreach to prospective parents and is helping to support those parents throughout the process. Very worthy work. It takes a village.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

NCFA provides very worthwhile updates about what's going on in the adoption community. I'm very grateful for their advocacy on behalf of children and families, which allows many families like mine to grow their family through adoption. I feel strongly that without NCFA, many more children around the world would still be waiting for their forever family.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The National Council for Adoption is a strong advocate for children and families, and without this organization, many important policy issues would have been overlooked in the U.S. Congress in the past few years. Extremely important Issues involving adoption and foster families would have little to no voice in Washington without the aggressive education programs and advocacy practiced by this great organization. NCFA is simply the go-to organization for these issues - and because adoption knows no borders, NCFA ultimately makes a huge difference in the lives of families and children, not only here in the U.S., but around the world.

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I have been well-acquainted with the NCFA and its work now for many years, since William Pierce held the reins. Unfortunately, I would not recommend this work. The NCFA, although it purports to advocate and lobby on 'behalf' of natural mothers and adopted people, actually does the complete opposite. They have opposed open records bills in state after state, they have refused to listen to the voices of adopted adults and natural parents (including censoring them and deleting posts on their public Facebook page) and they strive solely to lobby on behalf of the adoption industry. Sadly, their efforts have resulted in continued bad adoption practice in the United States as well as where the United States acts as a 'reciving' country in intercountry adoptions. They continue to promote active coercion of mothers, preferring to destroy family bonds rather than assist in maintaining those bonds wherever possible. While NCFA may hold the legal distinction of a 'non-profit', they are anything but. They are a professional lobbying organzation promoting the work of adoption agencies and profiteering from that practice, rather than promoting the rights and best interests of adopted people, natural families and adoptive families.

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

‎"In 2005, the ncfa received a total of over $20 million from government grants. Tax levees collected from US citizens from the federal government and awarded to an adoption agency lobby group so that they can tell us what to think and feel about adoption. Over half their operating budget is received from our tax money, but they still promote what favors the other half of their funding: the agencies."

Review from Guidestar

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Client Served

Rating: 1

The National Council ofr Adoption is nothing more than a paid mouthpiece for the adoption industry. Funded by the very adoption agencies and professionals who make their living from separating mothers and children, they have their roots in a solid right wing puritanical mentality where women and children are chattle to be used and traded to met the whims of those in power. They are federally funded for two of thier main initatives geared at convincing young women to give up their babies to adoption becasue they are vunerable and lack resources. They prey on the emotional needs of waiting adoptive parents and tell them anything they want to hear to get their money. And then they have the nerve to say that they speak on behalf of adult adoptees and birthmothers. They refuse to support Open records legislation and are usually the opposition.

Review from Guidestar