Formed in 1978, the American Adoption Congress is a nonprofit national organization of search groups and individuals interested in changing legislation, attitudes and policies in order to guarantee access to identifying information to all adopted individuals and their birthparents and adoptive families.
The organization comprises 11 regions, and according to the AAC, its 1,500 members include agencies, search/support groups and individuals, such as adopted adults, birthparents, adoptive parents, siblings, and adoption mental health, medical and legal professionals, throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.
The AAC holds one national conference each year; regional and local conferences are also held. It offers members a quarterly newsletter, The Degree, as well as the AAC Annual Report; an extensive adoption bibliography is offered for sale.
The organization initiated a National "Open My Records" Day in 1990, and it is planned to be an annual event each May 1.
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American Adoption Congress
1000 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 9
Washington, DC 20036
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©2000 by Christine Adamec and William Pierce, Ph.D. Reprinted from The Encyclopedia of Adoption, 2nd Edition (2nd Edition) with permission of Facts On File, Inc.