On Saturday March 17th we had the opportunity to co-sponsor our first match event of the year with SWAN (Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network). This Philadelphia-based match event focused on older children (10+). We returned to beautiful Citizens Bank Park, home of the Phillies for an eventful day. We had a wonderful turnout of children and families. Most of the youth and families arrived feeling excited and a bit nervous. This mixture of feelings is normal for an event such as this one.
Our most generous long-term relationship is with Wendy’s, an organization whose values highlight "Give something back". With them, you can support our work by going into your local Philadelphia-area Wendy’s and buying a key tag for $2. This entitles you to a FREE Jr. Frosty with each purchase throughout all of 2018 and proceeds benefit NAC. This fundraising vehicle has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the National Adoption Center over the years. Sales of the key tags, which began January 1, runs through March 4th.
Hello everyone! My name is Sami Rovins, and I recently joined the National Adoption Center’s team as an Administrative Assistant. I am thrilled to be assisting in the planning and implementation of three Matching Events for older youth to meet potential adoptive families in the state of Pennsylvania!
Hi everyone! My name is Naomi Goldberg, and I am excited to say that I am completing an internship with the National Adoption Center! I am a senior Human Development & Family Studies major from Pennsylvania State University. The HDFS program has helped me quickly realize my interests in human service organizations, counseling, advocacy work, and social work. Post-graduation I hope to get my MSW, and work with youth in foster care specifically targeting professional development and independence skills.
Did you know? Adoption matching events bring results! Last June, at our National Adoption Center/SWAN Western Pennsylvania matching event, two youth connected with families that attended.
As we prepare to go into the second half of our fiscal year, we have a great deal to be proud of. The National Adoption Center will celebrate its 46th anniversary in 2018 and in that time we’ve found forever families for more than 24,000 children who would otherwise have languished in foster care. We continue to be a leader in adoption technology and have recently held a series of child welfare roundtables to help us understand even better how technology can help to get more children adopted.
We are excited to announce that we are planning three older-youth matching events in Pennsylvania for 2018!
The dates and locations are:
Hi everyone! My name is Taylor Rotolo and I am the new Wednesday’s Child Coordinator/Adoption Coordinator at the National Adoption Center. I’ve been so thrilled to begin contributing to the fantastic team here who work tirelessly to build families and create meaningful community connections.
What is an Educational Reconciliation Specialist? What does he or she do? An Educational Reconciliation Specialist is a person that works behind the scenes of the reunification process to reconcile families. In reality, most judges dislike removing children from their birth family and disconnecting the child from those they naturally have an attachment to. To foster and strengthen this bond judges like to refer families to an intensive therapeutic day program that will monitor the family and give those actively involved a 360 degree image of how well the family does at meeting their goals.