Adoption Advocacy Organizations - US and Canada

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Nationwide organizations in the US and Canada advocating for adoption and foster care issues, children, and families.

ACLJ
The American Center for Liberty and Justice, founded by Pat Robertson, is an advocate for closed adoption and sealed records.

Adoption Advocates
Assistance and information about subsidized adoptions, wrongful adoption, state and federal adoption policy rulings.

American Adoption Congress
Advocates for truth and openness in adoption.

Americans for Open Records (AmFOR)
Advocating for open records; supports an international movement to abolish adoption. The group also works in various areas of children's rights.

Bastard Nation
A loud call to action in support of unrestricted access to original birth records for all adult adoptees in the US and Canada. Links to state and international contacts.

B'FOR
Birthmothers for Open Records was formed to give a voice to birthmothers who support open records legislation. The site contains sections on activism, news, statistics, membership (free) and more.

Center for Adoptee Rights
Reference for all who are concerned with human rights and ethics in adoption law and practice.

Child Welfare League of America
The CWLA has been the forerunner in advocacy for the rights of American children since 1920.

Child Welfare League of Canada
The CWLC is actively involved in policy, research, and advocacy issues on behalf of Canadian children. The site offers a search engine for researchers, and all information is available in English and French.

Children's Rights
An organization dedicated to ensuring that government lives up to the promises made to children in its care.

Coalition for Open Adoption Records (COAR) Ontario
Organizers of a province-wide campaign with the goal of opening records in Ontario. Legislative updates, general information. Updated regularly.

Concerned United Birthparents
CUB supports equal access to adoption records for adult adoptees and birthparents.

Council for Equal Rights in Adoption
CERA advocates for open records and family preservation, and promotes public awareness of adoption issues.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
An organization combining the best of volunteerism and child advocacy. Whether you need help or want to offer help, CASA has a place for you.

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
Advocating for children in the public welfare system, established by Wendy's founder, adoptee Dave Thomas.

Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute
Dedicated to the promotion of positive perceptions of adoption, and the advancement of adoption policy and practices.

Family Diversity Projects, Inc.
Advocacy and education for a better understanding of family diversity, this group makes exhibits and educational materials available to all segments of society.

Family Pride Coalition
Advocacy and support for the rights of gay, lesbian, and transgendered parents, formerly the Gay and Lesbian Parents Coalition.

Forget Me Not Family Society
Canadian advocates for adoption law reform, they also monitor US adoption legislation.

Green Ribbon Campaign
A nationwide effort to build awareness of the open records issue, and support efforts to change state laws.

Hear My Voice
National coalition of volunteer child advocates and professionals in the areas of law, mental health, and the media.

IAVAAN
The U.S.A. Committee for IAVAAN (International Association of Voluntary Adoption Agencies & NGOs) is the first national affiliate of this federation formed in 1991 to impact the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, formally reorganized in 2000 to charter national bodies focused on children impacted by the HIV/AIDS pandemic among other humanitarian needs.

Institute for Black Parenting
Dedicated to preservng family unity, reuniting children with birth parents, and promoting cultural sensitivity. Adoption services provided.

Institute for Justice
Courtroom advocates for equality, they were instrumental in Tennessee and Texas cases abolishing racial criteria for adoption.

National Council for Adoption
A coalition of agencies, attorneys, and other advocates, the NCFA is a leading conservative voice in the adoption arena.

National Council of Birthmothers
This new group supports adult adoptees' right to open records. Membership rates begin at $25. ($10. hardship).

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
A leading civil rights activist organization, the group is active in supporting adoption reform.

National Indian Child Welfare Assn.
The Indian Child Welfare Act has been at the center of adoption controversy for several years. NICWA is the central resource for information and policy.

The Multiracial Activist
Dedicated to the preservation of civil rights, this group takes an active position on transracial adoption.

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