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March 2003Vol. 4, No. 2Starting and Nurturing Adoptive Parent Groups: A Guide for Leaders

Parent groups can serve many functions, from supporting individual families and children, recruiting prospective foster and adoptive families, to advocating for critical changes to policy and practice. In October 2002, the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) published Starting and Nurturing Adoptive Parent Groups: A Guide for Leaders to support new and experienced parent group leaders in this important work.

The guide covers every step necessary to get a new parent group started. It also contains helpful tips for existing groups, such as:

  • Developing a group identity
  • Managing meetings
  • Becoming a nonprofit organization
  • Financial planning and fundraising
  • Rejuvenating a struggling group

The guide was made possible through an Adoption Opportunities grant from the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services. A PDF version of the guide can be obtained through the NACAC website at

NACAC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting adoptive parents, promoting adoption awareness, informing adoption professionals, and helping children find loving, permanent families. For more information regarding NACAC visit their website at

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Read more in "Mini-Grants for Parent Support Groups" in this issue of Children's Bureau Express.