Founded by adoptive parents in 1974, the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) supports, educates, inspires and advocates so that every child in foster care has a permanent, safe, loving family and so that adoptive, foster and kinship families thrive. The NACAC’s work includes:
- supporting, informing and empowering adoptive, foster and kinship parents and young persons who have experienced foster care and adoption;
- training and otherwise informing child welfare professionals plus adoptive, foster and kinship parents and young persons who have experienced foster care and adoption;
- advocating for policies and practices to ensure that children have families and that families have support.
The NACAC has empowered and informed hundreds of agencies, organizations, states, tribes and provinces to promote and to support permanency for children and teens in foster care. The organization has raised the voices of all those affected by foster care, including young persons who have been in care or were adopted. Each year, the NACAC provides training to thousands of caregivers’ groups, parents, youth who have experienced foster care and adoption, and child welfare professionals across the United States and Canada. Through its connections with agencies, parent groups and individuals across both countries, the NACAC has a strong pulse on the needs and challenges encountered by youth in care and their families. In Minnesota, the NACAC offers a statewide support program for adoptive, foster and kinship families, enhancing families’ ability to meet the needs of children who have experienced trauma.
The NACAC has the lead responsibility for developing the coaching model for supervisors and delivering training for staff in the QIC-EY pilot sites. More information about the NACAC can be found at https://nacac.org/ or by contacting Kim Stevens, Project Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.