NCFA Membership Information
National Council For Adoption members share a reputation for excellence in practice and professionalism. Our membership includes adoption service providers and attorneys from across the U.S. and beyond!
NCFA has a diverse membership that shares in our commitment to providing loving, permanent families for children in need. NCFA does not require members to agree with NCFA on every policy issue, and membership does not mean that an agency supports every position of NCFA.
Founded in 1980, the mission of the National Council For Adoption (NCFA) is to promote the well-being of children, birthparents, and adoptive families by advocating for the positive option of adoption. Our main programs for achieving this mission are member agency services and training, policy analysis and government relations, research and publications, media relations and public education, conferences and events, website and social networking, and information clearinghouse services. Benefits of adoption agency membership in the National Council For Adoption include:
NCFA Members-only Listserv
All member agencies and their staff are eligible to utilize the members-only listserv. A powerful tool, our listserv allows agency staff to communicate with one another as well as the NCFA. In addition to a the general listserv, we offer the following general listservs to our members, as well as topic-specific and region/country-specific listservs:
- Member Updates
- Domestic Infant Adoption
- Foster Care Adoption
- Intercountry Adoption
*Please note that listserv access is limited to two staff members for Adoption Attorney members.
Information and Assistance
NCFA is a comprehensive clearinghouse of adoption information. As a member agency, any member of your staff can receive assistance from NCFA staff regarding adoption cases and best-practices solutions. We strive to provide our members prompt expert advice to meet their adoption information needs from public policy and regulations to statistics and best practices. We monitor changing situations in the field of adoption by maintaining contacts with key domestic and international adoption officials, professionals, and websites, and provide authoritative, insider, members-only information as soon as it is available.
We represent the concerns and interests of our member agencies before policymakers and foreign and domestic governments to ensure adoption-friendly practices. Our member agencies speak with one powerful voice on matters of common interest, and, whenever possible, we assist them individually with policy issues in their states and specific-case problems they encounter with government agencies.
Member Education and Training
We provide training and education for members and their clients in the areas of domestic, intercountry and foster care adoptions. NCFA was very involved in drafting the Hague regulations and has provided education to help members make the transition to the new system. We also help members learn how to work with the public child welfare system to promote adoptions of children out of foster care. Members receive a discount on most of our educational offerings with selected training courses available for free for NCFA members.
NCFA's annual National Adoption Conference assembles government officials, agency directors, social workers, and leaders in the adoption community from around the country to discuss crucial issues facing adoption. We also advocate for pro-adoption policies and positive public attitudes towards adoption with briefings and conferences for policy and opinion leaders. We offer a discount on registration to NCFA members each year.
Because of our leadership and visibility in the field of adoption, we receive many phone and e-mail inquiries from birthparents and prospective adoptive parents who want to work with a credible adoption agency. We refer these inquiries to those agencies we know best, our members. NCFA's online directory page provides excellent visibility for our members and the services they offer to the public.
We seek to highlight members' good work and success stories on our website and in publications. We also refer friendly media inquiries about adoption agencies or current adoption-related issues, to our members.
Because of our credibility and leadership in the field of adoption, our member agencies are highly regarded as ethical, professional, and licensed operations that are respected among their peers. Member agencies and attorneys are provided the NCFA member badge logo to display on their website and other materials.
In addition to the above benefits, NCFA member agencies receive the following:
- Discounted CEs for agency staff
- Monthly "This Month in Adoption" Newsletter
- Invitations to participate in receiving foreign delegations and participating in discussions and meetings
- The agency will pay annual dues of $750 for the first state of licensure, plus $650 per additional state the agency is licensed in.
- The agency has been in existence and in good standing with licensed authorities for a period of at least 18 months.
- The agency complies with state licensing and approval requirements. The agency reports itself to be in good standing with its state licensing department.
- If the agency is providing intercountry adoption services to families adopting children from Hague or non-Hague countries, the agency must be Hague-accredited. Upon application to NCFA, any applicant agency that is not already Hague accredited has a period of one year to receive Hague accreditation. If an applicant agency has both a domestic and intercountry program but has not received Hague accreditation, the agency will be listed only as a domestic agency on the NCFA website.
- The agency and its staff have a reputation within their community for transparent, ethical, and professional services.
- The agency is staffed by persons qualified, according to the requirements of their respective professions or disciplines, to provide the services offered.
- The agency pledges itself to play a positive role in the community, offering leadership and cooperation on behalf of birthparents, children, and families.
- Although an agency is not required to agree with every NCFA position, the agency supports the general goal of NCFA to advocate for birthparents, children, and adoptive families.
- The agency agrees to allow reasonable access to agency information and staff for NCFA-approved or conducted research and technical assistance, including providing statistical data related to the number of annual placements.
- The agency agrees to send a representative of the agency to NCFA’s National Adoption Conference at least every three years.
- The agency shall provide within 60 days, in writing, a description and fact summary of: (1) any criminal charges brought against the agency, its directors, officers, or management personnel; (2) any contested litigation matters (excluding contested termination of parental rights) and (3) any pending lawsuits to which it has been a party within the last two years. The agency shall also provide details of any judgments or settlements paid or levied within the last two years that resulted from litigation or the threat of litigation.
- For agencies providing intercountry adoption services, the agency agrees in advance that witholding or falsifying information or failing to attain good standing with the accrediting entity is grounds for suspension of membership with no refund of dues.
Adoption Attorney membership is $400 annually, and when applying you must provide one of the following:
- evidence of current membership in good standing with the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys,
- a letter of recommendation from an authorized representative of an NCFA Member Agency or an NCFA Member Attorney, which specifically addresses your experience and competence in adoption law practice.
- Access to NCFA members-only listservs
- NCFA website listing
- Phone referrals
- National Adoption Conference discounts
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