What’s Next for Adoption Advocates?
National Council for Adoption.
, No. 89 National Council for Adoption
225 N. Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-2561
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This brief explains that adoption is constantly evolving and that advocacy must too. It then reviews several issues that advocates should focus on, including: amending the Child Citizenship Act and close the loophole that leaves a small but still unacceptable number of intercountry adoptees vulnerable to citizenship problems and even deportation; preserving records for adoptees; helping adopted individuals understand their racial and cultural identities and preparing parents to adopt transracially; helping to mediate and provide guidance for facilitating open adoptions; ensuring that every prospective adoptive parent understands the forever commitment of adoption and educate , train, and support families with the services they need; advocating for adoption competency among social workers and mental health professionals who may need to help adoptees process what they learn and make peace with things they are unable to discover during birth parent searches; and providing funding and research so that States can identifying resources for both adoptees and adoptive families and provide resources where there are gaps in services. The brief emphasizes the need to reach out to forge partnerships and collaborative relationships with a broad and diverse group of advocates, policymakers, and professionals.
adoption; child advocacy; post adoption services; family support systems; open adoption; parent education