Adoption and Foster Care

Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is a federal agency funding state, territory, local, and tribal organizations to provide family assistance (welfare), child support, child care, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs relating to children and families. Actual services are provided by state, county, city and tribal governments, and public and private local agencies. ACF assists these organizations through funding, policy direction, and information services.

Review Date: Wednesday, June 22, 2011

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Child Welfare Information Gateway

Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the general public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more. A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the organization provides access to print and electronic publications, websites, databases, and online learning tools for improving child welfare practice, including resources that can be shared with families.

Review Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families

The Office of Child Care (OCC) supports low-income working families by promoting access to affordable, quality early care and afterschool programs. OCC administers the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) (also known as the Child Care and Development Block Grant) by overseeing the implementation of State, Territorial, and Tribal CCDF programs. The Bureau provides support in establishing child care policies and programs that take advantage of the flexibility that CCDF offers and that respond to the needs of low-income working families. In addition, OCC provides a variety of technical assistance and professional development services targeted to meet the needs of CCDF administrators in the States, Territories, and Tribes.

Review Date: Tuesday, October 06, 2015

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Office of Family Planning, Office of Population Affairs

The Family Planning program, authorized under Title X of the Public Health Service Act, is administered within the Office of Population Affairs by the Office of Family Planning (OFP). The Title X program is the only Federal program devoted solely to the provision of family planning and reproductive health care. The program is designed to provide access to contraceptive supplies and information to all who want and need them with priority given to low-income persons. A broad range of effective and acceptable family planning methods and services are available on a voluntary and confidential basis. In addition to contraceptive services and related counseling, Title X supported clinics also provide a number of preventive health services such as: patient education and counseling; breast and pelvic examinations; cervical cancer, STD and HIV screenings; and pregnancy diagnosis and counseling. For many clients, Title X clinics provide the only continuing source of health care and health education.

Review Date: Friday, July 11, 2014

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Office of Population Affairs

The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) serves as the focal point to advise the Secretary and the Assistant Secretary for Health on a wide range of reproductive health topics, including family planning and reproductive health, sterilization and other population issues. OPA, under the direction of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs, is responsible for administration and oversight of the Title X Family Planning Program.

Review Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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AdoptUSKids is a national database of children awaiting adoption and families approved to adopt. The AdoptUSKids Web site allows families to search for children and workers to search for families throughout the United States. The site also includes comprehensive adoption information for families and many features to assist social workers. AdoptUSKids is an initiative of the Children's Bureau and is being operated by the Adoption Exchange Association.

Review Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2008

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American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) works to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws and share resources with shelters nationwide. Founded by Henry Bergh in 1866, it was the first humane organization to be granted legal authority to investigate and make arrests for crimes against animals. The organization provides local and national leadership in three key areas: caring for pet parents and pets, providing positive outcomes for at-risk animals and serving victims of animal cruelty. ASPCA is a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation with more than 1 million supporters across the country.

Review Date: Monday, September 20, 2010

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Child Welfare League of America

The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) is an association of more than 1,000 public and not-for-profit agencies devoted to improving life for more than 2.5 million at-risk children and youths and their families. Member agencies are involved with prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect, and they provide various services in addition to child protection -- kinship care, family foster care, adoption, positive youth development programs, residential group care, child care, family-centered practice, and programs for pregnant and parenting teenagers. Other concerns of member agencies include managed care, mental health, chemical dependency, housing and homelessness, and HIV/AIDS. For all these areas, CWLA has program experts who consult, train and otherwise assist agencies to advance their practice. CWLA is a 501(c)(3) organization supported by membership and consulting fees, publication sales, grants and contracts from federal and state governments, foundation and corporate grants, and individual contributions.

Review Date: Friday, January 16, 2009

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National Adoption Center

The National Adoption Center is a non-profit organization which was founded in 1972 to expand adoption opportunities throughout the United States for children with special needs and those from minority cultures. The Center works with social workers and other adoption professionals to bring children and families together. Through its telecommunications network, (the National Adoption Exchange), adoption professionals list their available children and interested families and make "matches" between them. There are presently 115 members on the National Adoption Exchange.

Review Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2009

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National Council For Adoption

The National Council For Adoption (NCFA) is an organization of nonprofit adoption agencies that provides information, monitors public policy, and promotes high standards in this field. The Council operates the National Adoption Hotline 24 hours a day, Monday through 9:00 a.m. Saturday. The hotline provides information and referrals to pregnant women and their families, to people who want to adopt a child, and to persons who were adopted.

Review Date: Tuesday, July 01, 2008

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Path2Parenthood, formerly known as the American Fertility Association, is a nonprofit lifetime resource for infertility prevention, reproductive health and family building. AFA services and materials are provided free of charge to consumers and available to everyone without reservation. These services include leading-edge educational outreach events, an extensive online library with HD videos, a daily blog, a resource directory available for download on mobile devices, telephone and in-person coaching, and a toll-free support line.

Review Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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