National Support Organizations and Resources

Disclaimer: Advocates for Families First does not endorse any specific organization however, the organizations listed below are nationally recognized as experts in their fields.

  • AdoptUSKids http://adoptuskids.org
    • AdoptUSKids is a service of the U.S. Children’s Bureau and has been in operation since 2002 by the Adoption Exchange Association under a cooperative agreement (grant #90CQ0003).
    • The mission of AdoptUSKids is two-fold: to raise public awareness about the need for foster and adoptive families for children in the public child welfare system; and to assist U.S. States, Territories, and Tribes to recruit and retain foster and adoptive families and connect them with children.
  • AARP GrandFacts www.aarp.org/relationships/friends-family/grandfacts-sheets/
    • State fact sheets for grandparents and other relatives raising children.
  • Adoption Learning Partners www.adoptionlearningpartners.org
    • “The vision of Adoption Learning Partners (ALP) is to make a positive measurable impact on adoption outcomes. We offer meaningful, timely, web-based educational adoption resources for professionals, parents, adopted individuals, and the families that love them.”
  • Adoption Today www.adoptinfo.net/
    • A resource for domestic and international adoption.
  • A Home Within www.ahomewithin.org
    • A Home Within offers open-ended pro bono therapy to foster youth. Since 1994, we’ve reached over 1,000 children and provided more than 2,500 years of therapy to foster children, teens, and young adults. Over 70 % of those seen through A Home Within show statistically significant reductions in anxiety, depression, and dissociation. We operate 54 local chapters in 22 states. To learn more about referring a child or youth, or to volunteer as a therapist, please go to our website.
  • Boots on Ground Consulting, Inc www.cwla.org/military-family/
    • Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), in partnership with Boots on Ground Consulting, Inc., offers a Military Family Specialist Certificate in working with military members and their families. The program prepares social workers and other professionals to understand military life and provide culturally competent and effective services. The program is offers on-line courses and in-person seminars.
  • Casey Family Programs www.casey.org
    • The mission of Casey Family Programs is to provide and improve – and ultimately prevent the need for – foster care. Casey Family Programs is the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for children and families across America. Founded in 1966, Casey Family Programs works in 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to influence long-lasting improvements to the safety and success of children, families and the communities where they live.
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway www.childwelfare.gov
  • ChildTrauma Academy  http://childtrauma.org
    • The work of Dr. Bruce Perry, CTA is a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, Texas working to improve the lives of high-risk children through direct service, research and education. We recognize the crucial importance of childhood experience in shaping the health of the individual, and ultimately, society. By creating biologically-informed child and family respectful practice, programs and policy, CTA seeks to help maltreated and traumatized children.
  • Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute http://ccainstitute.org
    • The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) is a non-profit organization that works to raise awareness about the needs of children without families and to remove policy barriers that hinder children from knowing the love and support a family provides.  CCAI is unique in that each of our programs brings together policymakers and individuals with direct foster care or adoption experience.  We have found that when policymakers hear direct experiences of those affected by orphan and child welfare policy, they become engaged in this issue and work to bring about legislative improvements in an effort to ensure each child has their right to a family realized.
  • Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption www.davethomasfoundation.org
    • The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption is a national, nonprofit public charity dedicated exclusively to finding permanent homes for children waiting in U.S. foster care to be adopted. Order a free guide to adoption and other resources at www.davethomasfoundation.org.
  • Donaldson Adoption Institute http://adoptioninstitute.org
    • “The Donaldson Adoption Institute’s mission is to provide leadership that improves laws, policies and practices – through sound research, education and advocacy – in order to better the lives of everyone touched by adoption.”
  • Foster Care Alumni of America www.fostercarealumni.org
    • The mission of Foster Care Alumni of America is to connect the alumni community and to transform policy and practice, ensuring opportunity for people in and from foster care.
  • Foster Care to Success www.fc2success.org
    • Foster Care to Success is the oldest and largest national nonprofit organization working with college bound foster youth. Annually, some 5,000 students turn to us for help.
  • Foster Club www.fosterclub.com
    • Foster club is a national network of young people in foster care. It offers support to help youth successfully navigate life in the foster care system and helps youth work to build a better future for themselves and for other kids coming up through the system behind them. Membership is free.
  • Fostering Families Today www.fosteringfamiliestoday.com/
    • A foster care and adoption resource.
  • Fostering Media Connections fosteringmediaconnections.org
    • FMC harnesses the power of journalism to advance child welfare reform by covering emerging solutions to the system’s challenges.
  • Foster More http://fostermore.org/
    • FosterMore is a coalition of not for profit organizations and foundations working to raise awareness of the youth in America’s foster care system.  Our additional goals are to increase engagement in foster parenting and mentoring opportunities to serve this population.
  • Foster Parent College www.fosterparentcollege.com
    • FosterParentCollege.com® launched in 2004. “We provide innovative, research-based courses for foster, adoptive, and kinship parents.”
  • Generations United www.gu.org
    • Improving the lives of children, youth and older adults through intergenerational collaboration, public policies, and programs.
  • Human Rights Campaign www.hrc.org
    • HRC is working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. They provide resources, advocacy, and education on kinship, foster care, and adoption for LGBT people – both parenting and prospective parenting adults, and children and youth in need of families.
  • iFoster – www.iFoster.org
    • iFoster is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to providing life-changing resources that support vulnerable children and youth. iFoster programs are free and can be found at http://www.ifoster.org to members of the foster, adoptive and kinship communities; youth who are transitioning out of the system or already emancipated; and the organizations that support them. The iFoster Community directly supports more than 2.5 million vulnerable children nationwide. Learn more about what iFoster can do for you, your family, or your support organization.
  • Juvenile Law Center  www.jlc.org
    • The Juvenile Law Center advocates for creating a child welfare system that is age-appropriate, trauma-informed, guided by youth voices, supportive of youth talents and strengths, and works to connect youth with family and community programs.
  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network http://nctsnet.org
    • To raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States.
  • National Foster Parent Association www.nfpaonline.org
    • Supporting foster parents in achieving safety, permanence and well-being for the children and youth in their care.
  • National Foster Youth Action Network www.fosteryouthaction.org
    • FYA trains and empowers foster youth to be strong leaders who advocate for their interests while actively improving the foster care system at both the state and national levels. Using innovative, evidence-based practices and curricula, FYA works to cultivate leadership capacity in youth and their adult supporters around the country.
  • North American Council on Adoptable Children www.nacac.org
    • Promoting and supporting permanent families for children and youth in the U.S. and Canada who have been in care—especially those in foster care and those with special needs.
  • National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC) www.nrcpfc.org
    • Adoption, Diligent Recruitment, Youth Services, Hunter College
  • Voice for Adoption www.voice-for-adoption.org
    • Voice for Adoption develops and advocates for improved adoption policies. Recognized as a national leader in special needs adoption, VFA works closely with federal and state legislators, as well as other child welfare organizations, to make a difference in the lives of the 102,000 children in foster care who are waiting to be adopted and the families who adopt children from foster care.