Press Release

INSTITUTE PARTNERS WITH NACAC ON CAMPAIGN TO MAINTAIN ADOPTION SUBSIDIES, LAUNCHES NATIONAL ‘ADOPTION SUPPORT AND PRESERVATION’ (ASAP) INITIATIVE

Media Advisory: For Immediate Release

NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2012 – Research clearly shows that financial subsidies to parents adopting from foster care play a critical role in enabling them to provide homes for children with special needs, older youth, and other girls and boys who otherwise may never move into permanent, loving families – and, as a result, will be at very high risk of dropping out of school or getting pregnant, becoming homeless or incarcerated, and otherwise causing difficulties for themselves and for our country. Yet some states – perhaps not realizing the long-term personal, societal and financial benefits of these subsidies – are cutting back on them or are considering doing so.

The Adoption Institute is partnering with the North American Council on Adoptable Children on a nationwide campaign to counter this trend by raising public awareness, educating policy makers, and providing advocacy materials for parents, professionals and other activists to use at the state level. The materials, including an Issue Brief entitled “The Vital Role of Adoption Subsidies: Increasing Permanency and Improving Children’s Lives (While Saving States Money),” are available at www.adoptioninstitute.org/old/advocacy/subsidies.php.

This effort is one component of a new national Adoption Support and Preservation (ASAP) initiative by the Institute to increase the number of adoptions from foster care and to enhance the success of these families. The initiative is based on the Institute’s groundbreaking report, “Keeping the Promise: The Critical Need for Post-Adoption Services,” and includes the formation of a coalition of major child welfare organizations that will provide leadership, education and advocacy to promote the development and use of ASAP services nationally.

“This is an admittedly ambitious initiative, but it’s a vital one,” said the Adoption Institute’s Executive Director, Adam Pertman. “Even at a time of tight budgets, children simply must be a priority, and we’re confident this effort to instigate systemic change will not only help the most vulnerable among us, but will bring real social benefits and – wonderfully – will save money.” “Often, the best adoptive placement for children is with relatives or foster parents already caring for them,” added NACAC’s Executive Director, Joe Kroll. “Subsidized adoptions provide permanent families with the support they need to meet their children’s long-term needs.”

The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute is the pre-eminent research, policy and education organization in its field. Its mission is to improve the lives of children and families through strategic leadership and advocacy to improve adoption-related laws, policies and practices. The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) promotes and supports permanent families for children and youth in the United States and Canada who have been in care – especially those in foster care and those with special needs.

The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) promotes and supports permanent families for children and youth in the United States and Canada who have been in care – especially those in foster care and those with special needs.