Work in Action

VFA's Current Advocacy Activity:

Voice For Adoption is the nation's leading federal adoption advocacy organization! 

The VFA team is working on:

November 2019

  • Currently working on implementation of Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018
  • Advocating for CAPTA with Child Welfare League of America. 
  • Actively working on the Adoption Tax Credit Refundability Act, which would make the adoption tax credit refundable to those families that do not have a tax burden and those who are low income. 
  • Founding co-chair of the Every Child Deserves a Family Campaign, fighting to end discrimination in child welfare, specifically foster care and adoption, based on sexual orientation, religion, and marital status. 
  • VFA holds National Adoption Month Briefing, with families from around the U.S. as speakers, National Adoption Month awards are given to two child welfare leaders for their work in adoption and to four members of Congress for their bipartisan work to support adoption from foster care. 

October 2019

  • VFA co-authored a letter to the House Appropriations Committee regarding the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget. Per request from Congress, VFA submitted written testimony on best practices in the adoption field and responses to questions regarding the HHS waivers. 

May 2019

  • Voice for Adoption’s Executive Director, Schylar Baber, provides personal testimony on a panel for the Every Child Deserves a Family Act. Introduced by long-time civil rights activist and highly respected member of congress, John Lewis. Schylar has personal lived experience from growing up in the Montana’s foster care system, specifically around discrimination and religious abuse. 

July 2018

  • VFA has been actively opposing the Aderholt Amendment that was proposed in House Labor- HHS Appropriations bill. This amendment seeks to allow service providers to use religion to discriminate against single parents, different religions, and lgbtq families and youths. The amendment thus far has passed in the House committee. Click here to read the child welfare opposition letter.
  • VFA, in partnership with CWLA, was successful in getting Congress to appropriate Adoption Incentives at $75 million, marking the beginning of catching up on funds owed to the states. 

June 2017

  • VFA's executive director, Schylar Baber, co -authored an op-ed concerning Texas' House Bill 3859 "Texas Law Prioritizes Child Welfare Providers Over Children" with April Dinwoodie, chief executive of the Donaldson Adoption Institute (DAI), and Kimberly Paglino, program director of the DAI, and Mary Boo, executive director of the North American Council on Adoptable Children. Click here to read the piece.  
  • VFA works to fight for Medicaid protection for youth in foster care and adoptive families during Health Care reform. 
  • VFA stands with other organizations to fight and successfully save the Adoption Tax Credit that was about to be eliminated during tax reform efforts. 
  • Worked towards the passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 that would open up federal foster care dollars to be used to prevent foster care altogether. 

 

VFA has advocated for the passage of:

  • The Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016

VFA's executive director, Schylar Baber, co-authored an op-ed with Mary Boo, executive director of the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC), and Rita Soronen, president and CEO of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, to advocate for the passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act. Click here to read the letter  

VFA has worked successfully for the passage of:

  • Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015
  • Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014
  • Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act of 2011 
  • Child Abuse and Treatment Act (CAPTA) Reauthorization Act of 2010 - (Adoption Opportunities Program) 
  • Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 
  • Fostering Adoption to Further Student Achievement Act (FAFSA) of 2007
  • Promoting Safe and Stable Families Act of 2001
  • Hope for Children Act of 2001
  • Adoption Safe Families Act (ASFA) of 1997 

The United States Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee recognizes VFA's contribution to the reauthorization of CAPTA, click here to read the letter.  

VFA has held Congressional Briefings on:

In addition to promoting our advocacy agenda through our own efforts, Voice for Adoption lends its support to advocacy campaigns being run by other organizations. For more information on these campaigns, please use the links below.

Adoption Tax Credit Working Group - "Save the Adoption Tax Credit" Campaign http://adoptiontaxcredit.org

Every Child Deserves a Family Coalition https://www.familyequality.org/resources/every-child-deserves-a-family-act/

Children’s Defense Fund’s Healthy Child campaign www.childrensdefense.org/site/PageServer pagename=healthy_child

Human Rights Campaign's All Children – All Families initiative www.hrc.org/acaf

Voice for Adoption is also a collaborating organization of National Adoption Day