Founded in 1972, this non-profit organization promotes adoption opportunities for children throughout the United States, particularly for children with SPECIAL NEEDS.
Since its inception, the National Adoption Center (NAC) has enabled the adoption of more than 8,000 children. The NAC was also active in recruiting adoptive families via computer as early as the 1980s and well before the general public's familiarity with the Internet. As a result, when the Internet did become very popular, the NAC continued providing photolistings of children. With cap, another adoptive parent recruiting organization, the NAC cosponsors "Faces of Waiting Children," an online photolisting of children who need adoptive families. The website address for "Faces of Waiting Children" is http://www.adopt.org/
Because the federal government decided in 1999 to greatly expand the usage of the Internet and of photolistings to find adoptive parents, the "Faces of Waiting Children" program will expand by 2002.
The NAC also works with state agencies to find adoptive families, as well as with adoptive parent groups and other organizations. As of this writing, there are 115 members of the National Adoption Exchange, a service offered by the NAC. Members are social workers, parent group members, state adoption staff and officials from government organizations. Families with approved home studies may also register with the exchange, and a search of the database will be done to determine if there are children who match with the prospective adoptive family.
The NAC also offers information on adoption, including not only the adoption of children with special needs but also adoption by singles, open adoption and adoption searches.
For more information, contact
The National Adoption Center
1500 Walnut St., Suite 701
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Marty Jones, "The National Adoption Center," The Exceptional Parent (November 1998): 87.
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