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NCAP Outreach Letter Focuses on How Our People, Services Aim to Create a `Success Model’ for All Children and Families
Dear Colleague: I am writing today to tell you about a relatively new nonprofit organization that you may not know much about yet, though you may well recognize the names of our team members and Senior Research Fellows, as they include some of the most-accomplished thought leaders, researchers, trainers, speakers, educators, organizational and communications specialists, and policy experts in the field of child welfare. Together, we have formed the National Center on Adoption and Permanency (NCAP) because we believe deeply that the time has come to make fundamental, systemic, long-term changes to benefit the children and families we all serve – and we truly believe that, together, we can make that goal a reality.
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This article is written by NCAP's COO, Allison Davis Maxon, LMFT and was featured in the North American Council on Adoptable Children's Winter 2017 Adoptalk newsletter:
Allison is a clinician, educator, and advocate specializing in adoption/permanency, attachment, and trauma. She is passionate about creating systems of care that are permanency-competent and strength-based. She has expertise in the fields of child welfare and mental health and is currently the chief operating officer of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency. Allison is co-author and master trainer of ACT: An Adoption and Permanency Curriculum for Child Welfare and Mental Health Professionals, co-author and master trainer of Pathways to Permanence: Parenting the Child of Loss and Trauma, and creator of The Ten Things Your Child Needs Everyday, a DVD with tools that help parents/caregivers strengthen their attachment relationship with their child. You can reach Allison at firstname.lastname@example.org or 949- 939-9016.
We all enter the world ready to attach because this is how we get our most basic and primary needs met. The human infant, like other high functioning mammals, is completely dependent on their primary caregivers to get all of their needs met—survival, safety, food, shelter, stimulation, comfort. For us to understand where some of our children’s most challenging behaviors come from, we must first realize just how much neglect and trauma affect every aspect of a child’s development. We are social-emotional beings with an innate need to connect and form meaningful attachment relationships. Every inter-personal skill required for us to be successful in creating and sustaining these relationships must be learned.
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This article appeared on February 13, 2017 in the East Bay Times. To read full article, click here.
Pertman said IAC’s failure is “ a big red flag” that Americans should rethink their approach to private adoptions, an experience sometimes fraught with uncertainty, hope and heartbreak for prospective parents and expectant mothers alike.
“What is this process? Who does it serve and how do we do this better so if dire circumstances do occur people are not automatically hurt?” he said.
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This article appeared on February 10, 2017 in the Tampa Bay Times. To read full article, click here.
"The reality is that adoption can be a lengthy and expensive long shot.
Only about 14,000 infants are adopted within the United States each year, way short of the number of couples and single people looking to become parents, said Adam Pertman, president of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency."
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This article was published on February 4, 2016 in the Sacramento Bee. To read the full article, click here.
“The pressure on traditional agencies is really immense, and finding a way to keep it together has been harder and harder,” said Adam Pertman, director of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency, a Boston-based nonprofit group that provides information for adopting families. “Agencies have been closing and consolidating. With fewer placements, you need fewer agencies.”
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Published January 24, 2017 on Observer.
UPDATE: Within hours of its Indiegogo launch, Adoptly’s campaign on the platform has been suspended for review by the Trust and Safety team. Adoptly has yet to respond to our request for comment regarding this update.
There’s a new app that’s supposed to make adopting kids quick and easy. Like most startups, it’s targeting millennials. The tagline: “Parenthood is just a swipe away.”
‘This is a complex process, not in order to lock anybody out, but to make sure they wind up in safe permanent homes’ —Adam Pertman
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This was published December 21, 2016 in the Chicago Tribune. To read the full article, click here.
Anderson's timing of his tour was right-on, said Adam Pertman, president of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency in Boston and Los Angeles.
"The demographics of adoption have changed dramatically in the last few decades," said Pertman. No longer is the average adoptee a healthy infant. Now, the median age is 6.8 years, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and, often, the child is part of a sibling group. Adoptive parents are not necessarily young, heterosexual same-race couples.
"Closed adoption" is becoming a thing of the past, said Pertman. Today, most adoptions of babies are open.
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Published December 15, 2016 on California State Bay University Monterey Bay Magazine by By Scott Roark
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Native Americans, or as many prefer to be identified: Dine, Cherokee, Potawatomi and Choctaw among hundreds of other tribal identities, continue to be an integral part of our social fabric. The history of interactions between Native Americans and the United States government is long and complex. Before contact with settlers, nearly all indigenous groups in North America were communal societies, organized around systems of kinship and clan membership. Individuals did not own land and resources were shared by the group.
Pictures from the Second Annual Native American Gathering, held at the CSUMB University Center in November 2016. Participants came from the Kiowa, Lakota, Ute, Yaqui, Cherokee and Choctaw tribes, and the Tule River Native Veterans Post. (photos by Randy Tunnell).
From the beginning of settler contact, Native peoples endured grave injustices, including policies of extermination, forced removal, and assimilation. They were forced to adapt to an immigrating foreign culture that now, ironically, is becoming increasingly wary of immigration.
At CSUMB and other institutions, many Native students tend to be quiet. They don’t draw attention to themselves. Their fellow students are often oblivious to Native American history. Kathryn England-Aytes, a CSUMB psychology lecturer, and Browning Neddeau, an assistant professor of liberal studies, are among a number of Native faculty at CSUMB working to change that.
England-Aytes is of Cherokee descent. She was raised in Oklahoma and still resides there part-time, also teaching at Bacone College in Muskogee. Many of her tribal students in Oklahoma are first-generation students with strong cultural connections. Her teaching and research include perceptions of historical trauma, resilience and cultural identity for Native Americans and their descendants. Among many passions is her work with the Native American Children’s Alliance (NACA), an inter-tribal membership organization that promotes child abuse prevention in Native American communities.
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Published September 14, 2016 on Newswire:
"The national opioid epidemic is putting stress on extended families that are caring for the children of opioid-addicted parents, according to a report released Sunday by Generations United.
The number of children in foster care with extended families, or grandfamilies, has increased from 24 percent in 2008, to 29 percent in 2014, the report said. The opioid epidemic means more children are in foster care, but agencies involved in foster care have also contributed to the rise by focusing on families first before exploring other placement options.
“We know that finding families for kids via kinship is a big trend in the field right now,” said Adam Pertman, president of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency and author of Adoption Nation."
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Interview with Adam Pertman by Jane Samuel, JD for the August 2016 issue of Therapeutic Parenting Journal:
"...our adoption system in the US is failing families, and change needs to occur to better serve the children waiting for homes here and overseas. This change is overdue and needs to track better with recent research highlighting the profound neurological and emotional impacts of early-life toxic stress, neglect and/ or abuse. And this change needs to be systemic.
Pertman, author of the critically acclaimed book Adoption Nation and former head of the Donaldson Adoption Institute, sat down and chatted with me this June about his passion for this paradigm shift."
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