The following organizations – the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC), Voice for Adoption (VFA), National Center on Adoption and Permanency (NCAP), Foster Club, and RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association – all affirm that LGBTQ parents are as well suited to raise children as their heterosexual counterparts and that LGBTQ youth and families deserve equal treatment under the law.
Position Statement on Equality for LGBTQ Families and Youth
NCAP’s team consists of some of the best-known and most-accomplished professionals in the fields of adoption, child welfare and permanency. Collectively, our work spans a very broad range of skills and disciplines – and we are involved in programs, projects, trainings, presentations, consultations and other initiatives with governments and organization from coast to coast to accomplish our collective mission: to move policy and practice from a “child placement” model to one that focuses on “family success.”
Some examples of our team members’ recent and current efforts include:
NCAP is on the leadership team of several groups working to further progress on policy and legal issues relating to adoption and child welfare. They include:
Helping to develop strategy; providing information, writing and other input; and signing onto amicus briefs relating to important court cases at the state and federal levels. Topics include but aren’t limited to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), LGBTQ-related issues; issues related to race; family and children’s rights; and foster care, among others.
Providing information, written and in-person testimony, consultation and other support for advocacy groups and state legislators around the country – including in Indiana, New York, Connecticut, North Carolina and Massachusetts, among others – relating to legislation that would restore the right of adopted people to access their original birth certificates.
Providing trainings for Department of Children and Family Services workers and supervisors in Los Angeles County, as well as trainings, consultations, conference keynotes and other presentations for professionals, parents, clinicians, service providers and a wide array of adoption, foster care and child welfare organizations around the country.
Writing commentaries and other articles for popular media, books, professional journals, and other print and online national publications; providing information, research and interviews to journalists across the country; conducting court-related child and family evaluations; engaging in and supporting education and advocacy on numerous issues; and much more.
NCAP’s professionals are available, individually or in teams, to assist your organization, agency or governmental entity. To learn more about what we do and how we can help, please contact Adam Pertman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-332-8944.