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Review for National Council for Adoption, Alexandria, VA, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Legislation passed in various states across the United States; in propaganda disseminated throughout the adoption community; on public social networks such as Facebook; in in-person debates (Bill Pierce, Philadelphia, 2001)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

a) Abolish it and b) if that were not possible, urge them to refocus their efforts on protecting the rights and dignity of adopted people and natural parents rather than the pocketbooks of the adoption industry.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Not one thing.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Censorial, adversarial

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Restore the rights of every adopted person in the United States. Or it could continue to penalize, criminalize and marginalize us with its lobbying efforts.

Ways to make it better...

They actually respected my rights, dignity and voice as one who has experienced adoption as a lifelong process.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

It's mission and focus. They are trying to perpetuate a system and practice that lost its credibility years ago.

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Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & I am the director of Justice for Magdalenes, an advocacy group working on behalf of survivors of Ireland's Magdalene Laundries, as well as an adoption activist, writer and speaker. I am an adopted adult from ireland, sent to the US and a natural mother t.