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What we do


The mission of Advocates for Families First is to build a unified national movement in support of kinship, foster, and adoptive families who care for children and youth, promote their healing, and help them thrive. We envision a world where children and youth who need out of home care have a family – kinship, foster, or adoptive – who can most effectively help them thrive, meet their needs and assist them in becoming successful adults.

To achieve this mission, we have identified three goals:

  Additional/improved federal and state and tribal policies that increase the pool of available caregivers and the support available to families. Policy advocacy is the core strategy to achieve this goal.
  Strengthened support organizations for kinship, foster, and adoptive families. We offer capacity building to accomplish this goal, as we provide education, resources and information, and technical assistance to organizations serving kinship, foster, and adoptive families.
  Improved public perception of, and increased support for kinship, foster, and adoptive families and children and youth living outside of their birth parents’ care — to accomplish this goal we will focus on messaging—both how we can shape public messages and how we can help others to do so.

Who we serve


  • The collaborative serves support and advocacy organizations for foster, adoptive, and kinship families and their children across the United States.

How we serve


  • Advocates for Families First provides information, direct technical assistance, one on one and group education to developing or existing foster, adoptive or kinship family support and advocacy organizations.

Who we are


  • Advocates for Families First: Enhancing Support and Advocacy for Children in Kinship, Foster, Adoptive Families is a collaboration of the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC), the National Foster Parent Association (NFPA), and Generations United. We are grateful to our funders: the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, and Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.