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For over 40 years, NCFA has provided expert resources, education, and advocacy for all people and organizations connected to adoption to help ensure every child has the opportunity to thrive in a nurturing, permanent family.

About National Council For Adoption

NCFA began in 1980 as adoption professionals sought to strengthen their voice in support of families and children. Then named the National Committee on Adoption, the non-profit organization was formed to educate the public, media, policymakers, and other stakeholders about adoption-related issues.

Since then, NCFA has worked tirelessly to increase public understanding of adoption and promote a positive image of adoption as a loving way to build nurturing, permanent families. We advocate for ethical, sound policies and services regarding adoption in an inclusive, non-partisan way. NCFA monitors federal and state legislation, addressing policies and laws that create barriers to children finding the families they deserve. We collaborate with adoption service providers, like-minded national advocacy and education groups, individuals, and child welfare authorities worldwide to promote the best interests of children everywhere. 

NCFA has become the nation’s top authority on adoption issues, including domestic infant adoption, international adoption, and adoption from foster care. We are committed to being a lifelong trusted resource for adoptive families, adoptees, and birth families, as well as the professionals who serve them and the policymakers whose decisions impact them.

FY2022 Annual Report

We are excited to share how your support has made a difference for thousands of children and families!

Mission & Vision

Our mission is to meet the diverse needs of children, birth parents, adoptees, adoptive families, and all those touched by adoption through global advocacy, education, research, legislative action, and collaboration.

Our vision is a world in which all children everywhere have nurturing, permanent families.

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Staff & Board

Our talented staff is comprised of individuals working together to make our mission a reality. NCFA’s Board of Directors guides and protects the mission and purpose of the organization, ensuring that we fulfill our mission with integrity and accountability.

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Since 1982, we have been proud to honor and celebrate the contributions of individuals and organizations in the adoption community.

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NCFA offers an excellent opportunity for students to join us as we promote a culture of adoption through education, research, and legislative action. Our staff is passionately committed to the belief that every child deserves a nurturing, permanent family, and we ask nothing less from our interns. Students with an interest in adoption, non-profits or charitable organizations, social work, fundraising, communications, or policy are a good fit for a NCFA internship.

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Find an Agency or Attorney

Search NCFA's Member Directory to find an adoption professional to assist you with a range of services including homestudies, placement services, expectant parent counseling, birthparent support, legal services, search and reunion guidance, post adoption support, and much more.

Pursuing International Adoption? Agency requirements are different than domestic adoptions. Before searching the Directory, learn more by clicking here.

Not sure which one you need? Click here to find out.

NCFA has a diverse membership of agencies and individual attorneys who share our commitment to the highest standards of professional practice. Each member brings a uniquely valuable contribution to our shared vision, standing united in our unwavering commitment to helping ensure every child has a nurturing, permanent family.

Agency Membership Guide

Explore all the benefits of NCFA membership for your and your team.