Case Study: North American Council on Adoptable Children

The North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) has been an advocacy force behind the nation’s most progressive child welfare legislation and policy. But as one child welfare advocate once said: “good child welfare laws are like cicadas: they only come around every seven years.”

When The Pew Charitable Trusts launched its national Kids are Waiting campaign to promote key child welfare reforms, NACAC teamed up with other child welfare experts, including ChildFocus, to organize the advocacy partnerships needed to pass the federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. Through a combination of state-based forums, advocacy trainings, and visits to meet with legislators on Capitol Hill, NACAC’s team helped to develop a critical mass of stakeholders whose voices were key to passage of the legislation. ChildFocus was instrumental in every step of the process, including organizing key state stakeholders, prepping families to speak, and ensuring participation by key members of Congress and their staff in the forums and Hill visits.

“Solid partnerships don’t just happen,” explains NACAC Executive Director Joe Kroll, “they need clear direction and lots of attention before and after legislation is passed. For us, collaboration is critical. ChildFocus understands that vision.”