Posted on October 1, 2002
Funding for Children & Youth: Family Services Resources
PND Special Issue: Children & Youth, Family Services Resources
American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys is a national association of attorneys who practice, or have otherwise distinguished themselves, in the field of adoption law. The Academy's work includes promoting the reform of adoption laws and disseminating information on ethical adoption practices. The Academy publishes a newsletter, holds annual meetings, and educational seminars.
Casey Family Services
For twenty-five years, the Balitmore-based Casey Family Services has offered a broad range of programs to meet the changing needs of vulnerable children and families. Founded in 1976 solely as a source for long-term foster care, Casey Family Services today offers foster care for children, as well as post-adoption, preservation and reunification services for families. In addition, Casey has established a number of specialized and innovative community-based programs to help strengthen families and enable parents to provide the healthy, nurturing environments their children need to grow and thrive. Casey Family Services operates as the direct services arm of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private, charitable organization dedicated to promoting public policies, human services reform and innovative programs that meet the needs of today's disadvantaged children and families in the United States.
Children, Youth and Family Consortium, University of Minnesota
The Children, Youth, and Family Consortium's Electronic Clearinghouse at the University of Minnesota is an electronic bridge to information and resources on children, youth, and families. Among other things, visitors to the Web site will find a listing of events and activities, an experts' file, a list of Consortium publications, discussion groups, and links to related resources.
Concerned United Birthparents
Concerned United Birthparents, or CUB, is a national organization serving those touched by adoption and others who are concerned about adoption issues. Although its focus is on birthparents, CUB also serves adoptees, adoptive parents, and professionals.
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, created by the founder of the Wendy's restaurant chain, is a nonprofit public charity dedicated to increasing the adoptions of the more than 150,000 children in North America's foster care system who are without permanent families. The foundation focuses on supporting and creating results-driven adoption programs for special needs children sibling groups, teenagers, minorities, and medically fragile children waiting for homes.
Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute
The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, founded in 1996, is a national notprofit organization devoted to improving adoption policy and practice. The Institute's mission is to improve the quality of information about adoption; enhance the understanding and perception of adoption; and advance adoption policy and practice. The Institute pursues this mission with a concern for all participants in adoption: birth families, adoptive parents, adopted persons, and adoption professionals.
Family Support America
Family Support America, formerly Family Resource Coalition of America, promotes family support as the nationally recognized movement to strengthen and support families and places the principles of family support practice at the heart of every setting in which children and families are present. By identifying and connecting individuals and organizations that have contact with families; by providing technical assistance, training and education, conferences, and publications; and by promoting the voice of families, Family Support America is taking family support to scale as the national strategy for ensuring the well-being of all children.
Joint Council on International Children's Services from North America (JCICS)
JCICS is the oldest and largest affiliation of licensed, nonprofit international adoption agencies in the world, with a membership that includes parent groups, advocacy organizations, and individuals who have an interest in intercountry adoption. Over the past twenty years, JCICS has advocated for homeless children around the world, insisting on ethical practices by adoption agencies and effective services for children. JCICS promotes full communication with international government and adoption officials, and support procedures that better meet the needs of children.
National Adoption Information Clearinghouse
The Clearinghouse is a national resource for information on all aspects of adoption for professionals, policymakers, and the general public. Clearinghouse services include technical assistance to professionals and policymakers, a library collection, publications, databases on adoption resources, and information on federal and state legislation.
North American Council on Adoptable Children
North American Council on Adoptable Children is committed to meeting the needs of children waiting to be adpoted and the families who adopt them. Since its inception, NACAC's mission has remained essentially unchanged: every child has the right to a permanent family. The Council advocates the right of every child to a permanent, continuous, nurturing, and culturally sensitive family.