Voice for Adoption advocates for the 118,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted.
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Voice for Adoption advocates for the 118,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted.
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Our Advocacy Priorities

  • Supporting Support Services for Adoptive and Guardianship Families
  • Ensuring Continued Entitlement Funding to States and Tribes for Core Adoption and Foster Care Services
  • Providing Funding for Discretionary Adoption Programs
  • Making the Adoption Tax Credit Refundable
  • Increasing Children’s Chances of Finding a Permanent Family
  • Ensuring Youth Who Age out of Care Have Access to Health Care
  • Enhancing Children’s Access to Their Cultural Identity
  • Breaking Down Barriers to Interstate Adoptions
  • Ensuring All Children and Youth Have a Permanent Case Goal
  • Expanding Access to Training to Encourage Permanency
  • Ensuring Access to Original Birth Certificates
  • Ensuring Children Placed with Kin have Access to Needed Support 

Voice for Adoption partners with the Center for American Progress and the Family Equality Council

Family Equality Council

Center for American Progress

The Center for American Progress just launched the Welcoming All Families Project, a storytelling partnership with Family Equality Council’s Every Child Deserves A Family Campaign. We need more foster and adoptive homes—not fewer. Discrimination against LGBTQ prospective parents must be stopped. We need to lift up the voices of people and families directly affected by these harmful laws, as well as the voices of child welfare leaders, faith leaders and other allies.



The 13th Annual Adoptive Family Portrait Project

13th Annual Adoptive Family Portrait ProjectThe project took months to complete, and the month of November was the month in which the project was celebrated.

In November, the Voice for Adoption and the United States gave special attention to adoption. We celebrated adoptive parents. We honored the experiences and resiliency of youth who have been in foster care. We validated the significant challenges that may arise during the adoption journey. We highlighted policies that are sometimes barriers to adoption and/or barriers to meeting the ongoing needs of adopted children. We gave a platform for families to share their experiences and use their voices to be advocates for other children and families. We brought greater awareness to the need for more loving people to provide permanent families to the 118,000 children and youth across the country who are still waiting for the chance to grow up feeling wanted in a stable family. We done all of this to bring more attention to an issue that deserves it.


Every Child

Voice for Adoption believes that every child deserves the benefit of a safe and loving family to call their own.

Every Family

Voice for Adoption believes that children do better in families than in foster care or group homes.

Voice for Adoption Duty

Voice for Adoption believes that it is our duty to advocate for the children in care waiting to be adopted, and the families that adopt them.

Become a VFA Member

  • Support Voice for Adoption, in being the leading voice in Washington, D.C. on issues of domestic adoptions, and special needs adoption – we believe that every child deserves a permanent and loving family.
  • Fight stigma and encourage understanding that no child is unadoptable.
  • Easily track and understand what's happening in Congress and federal agencies as they work on adoption and foster care issues.
  • Support our work advocating on behalf of waiting children to be and adoptive families.
  • Be part of a unified coalition of agencies, organizations, and individuals aligned with the common go of helping to improve the lives and outcomes of the half a million children in foster care and the 118,000 waiting to be adopted.
  • Weekly e-mail updates on child welfare reports, policy developments, and other news from the adoption community
  • Monthly public policy conference calls that provide updates on policy issues, give members a chance to ask questions about child welfare policy, and let members provide input to the organization
  • E-mail alerts with breaking news on federal adoption policy developments, information on how to contact policymakers, and other child welfare news

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This morning, Schylar Baber, Executive Director of Voice for Adoption participated in a press call conference regarding the the troubling trend of child welfare bills that target LGBTQ people, several of which are moving in state...
Carrie and Andy Shoop have created a joyous family by adopting two pairs of siblings. With two teens, a preadolescent, and a grade school aged child, the Shoop household is filled with merriment and laughter. Andy’s expertise as...
Leaders of the Every Child Deserves a Family Campaign are condemning the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) planned two-year delay in collecting critical foster care and adoption data as required by a 2016 rule. The...