Formed in 1974 as a result of adoptive parents' desire for a national coalition and voice. The original and continuing purpose is to advocate for the rights of WAITING CHILDREN to permanent placements in loving adoptive homes; concentrates on children with SPECIAL NEEDS.
According to brochure information, NACAC is "a non-profit, broad-based coalition of volunteer adoptive parent support and citizen advocacy groups, caring individuals, and agencies committed to meeting the needs of waiting children in the United States and Canada."
There are about 1,500 members in the organization: about half are adoptive parents and half are social workers.
The number one priority for NACAC is advocating for the placement of waiting children, particularly children who are black, Hispanic and Native American. The organization also plans to strive for implementation of existing federal adoption laws limiting the length of time a child may remain in foster care and press for full implementation of subsidy programs for special needs adoptive families.
The NACAC board meets three times per year, and the organization holds an annual conference each August. The conference offers over 100 workshops led by many nationally known adoption experts.
The organization publishes Adoptalk, a quarterly newsletter.
For more information, contact
North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
970 Raymond Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55114-1149
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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.