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North American
Council on
Adoptable
Children
2009
Annual
Report
As one attendee noted, “This experience
provided me with a great opportunity to
grow personally in my knowledge and
effectiveness in advocating for children,
as well as to be able to better effect
change at the local, state and federal level.
I am so thankful to be given the chance
to participate.” One youth explained,
“This training gave me the belief that I
could work to help other kids.”
Programs &
Services
In 2009, NACAC continued to pursue
numerous programs and services designed
to ensure that children have permanent
families and that families have the support
they need. Below are the major accomplishments of the last year, all made possible by generous foundation, corporate, and
individual donors.
PUBLIC POLICY AND
ADVOCACY
Family and Youth
Engagement Project
After NACAC and other organizations
helped achieve passage of the Fostering
Connections to Success and Increasing
Adoptions Act at the end of 2008,
NACAC shifted its focus to state-level
implementation of the Act. With funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts
(through separate contracts with the
Public Children’s Services Association of
Ohio and Occidental College), we took
on a number of activities in 2009.
In late May and early June, we held an
advocacy event in Washington, D.C.
with teams from 13 states. Most teams
had a youth adopted at an older age, an
adoptive parent who needed post-placement support, and a representative of an
adoption or child advocacy group. Team
members spent one day learning about
the Fostering Connections Act and how
to tell their stories for advocacy. On the
second day, each team visited members
of Congress to discuss the need for continued federal support for older youth
adoption and post-adoption services.
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Staff also developed and shared a number of resources to help advocates implement Fostering Connections, including:
• a brief explaining the Act’s expansion
of federal eligibility for Title IV-E
adoption assistance and exploring how
state funds saved must be reinvested in
child welfare services
• a publication highlighting successes
and barriers in older youth adoption
• state adoption fact sheets featuring
data on the number of waiting children and youth, their ages and ethnic
backgrounds, how children exit care,
who adopts children from care, and
Title IV-E rates.
“This experience
provided me with a
great opportunity to
grow personally in my
knowledge and
effectiveness in
advocating for children,
as well as to be able to
better effect change at
the local, state and
federal level.”
Staff also provided training on new federal adoption funding streams to the
Annie E. Casey Foundation Family to
Family consultants, at the Adoption
Exchange and National Foster Parent
Association conferences, and at meetings
in several states.
In addition, NACAC began helping
state leaders and advocates in Arkansas,
Colorado, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, and Nebraska implement the adoption provisions of the
Fostering Connections Act. Staff advised
states on how to invest the new funds in
increasing adoption assistance benefits,
expanding recruitment activities for
older youth, and extending adoption
assistance to children who would have
been excluded in the past due to their
adoptive family’s income.
Breakthrough Series
Collaborative
With funds from Casey Family Programs, NACAC handled travel and
logistics for Casey’s Breakthrough Series
on Timely Permanency through Reunification. Twelve teams of workers,
youth, administrators, parents, and
judges from California (Sacramento,
Compton, Pasadena, and San Francisco), Colorado, Iowa, Oklahoma,
Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Virginia attended two
learning sessions—one in March and the
other in September.
During these multi-day events, attendees
participated in sessions on constituent
engagement, addressing disproportionality/disparate outcomes, committing to
reunification, engaging the family, services and support, and much more. Then
teams returned home to actively work to
implement systems change efforts.
Family to Family Initiative
With funds from the Annie E. Casey
Foundation, NACAC staff partnered
with Casey’s Family to Family initiative to
improve child welfare systems in
Kentucky and California. In Kentucky,
for example, staff helped examine racial
inequities in placement practices.
In California, NACAC was part of the
Casey Erasing Racial Disproportionality
and Disparity team that helped Fresno
assess its system through case file
reviews, staff and constituent interviews,
focus reviews, and management feedback sessions.
Photo Credit
Most of the photos in this annual
report were taken by Matt Lorz at the
2009 NACAC conference in Columbus, Ohio. Other photos were taken
at NACAC events during 2009.
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Through the Casey grant, NACAC contracted with ChildFocus to provide technical assistance about kinship care to
Family to Family sites and work with
states implementing the kinship provisions of the Fostering Connections Act.
Other Policy Efforts
During 2009, NACAC continued to
partner with other national organizations to strategize about reforming the
Multiethnic Placement Act to better
meet the needs of children of color.
NACAC remains a committed partner
of Voice for Adoption, which advocates
for adoption and foster care policy
reform at the U.S. federal level.
PARENT LEADERSHIP
CAPACITY BUILDING
Parent Group Development
In 2009, with funds from Jockey
International’s Jockey Being FamilyTM initiative, NACAC targeted the creation
and support of parent groups in
Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, and Miami.
In each community, we conducted needs
assessments, identified leaders, and built
connections. In July, 42 leaders attended
a conference focused on maintaining and
rejuvenating groups, facilitation, creative
services within groups, fund raising,
grant writing, adoption subsidy, creative
programming for children, and advocacy.
One group leader expressed her gratitude
to Jockey and NACAC for the training:
Annual Report 2009
“We wish to thank Jockey International
for making possible the 2009 Parent
Leadership Training Conference in
Minneapolis. The training and materials
provided by Jockey Being Family and
NACAC enhance much of what we do
for children and families on a day-to-day
basis. We are also thrilled with the relationships that we are forming through
the ongoing forums!”
Another attendee noted, “I can honestly
say this experience is going to change my
life and hopefully the lives of many other
families. My battery and my passion
have been charged. Thanks!”
NACAC is now working with 17 new
groups and 23 existing groups in these
four communities.
We also gave 16 mini-grants, funded by
Jockey, to new and emerging parent support groups across the U.S. and Canada.
In addition, AdoptUsKids, a cooperative
agreement with the Children’s Bureau,
contracted with NACAC to empower
parent groups and partner public agencies
to expand respite programs in communities across the U.S. In October, we hosted
a two-day respite training for 68 participants who received 33 grants of $5,000
each to start a respite program. Evaluations showed that the participants
gained significant knowledge about respite
services at the training. Staff also worked
directly with more than 20 grant recipients as they implemented plans to
enhance respite care in their communities.
Community
Champions Network
Jockey Being FamilyTM also provided funding for NACAC’s
Community Champions Network (CCN) in 2009. In this
third year of the effort, we have
built strong, energized coalitions in 13 communities: Los
Angeles County and Sacramento, California; Kansas City
and St. Louis, Missouri; Tampa
and Orlando, Florida; Washington, D.C.; Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Virginia; Colorado;
and the provinces of Ontario,
Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. More than 1,500 individuals have joined CCN’s
“I can honestly say this
experience is going to
change my life and
hopefully the lives of
many other families. My
battery and my passion
have been charged.”
effort to advocate for post-adoption services in their communities, and to share
information and resources with each
other across North America.
To create and support the coalitions,
staff provided training, resources, postadoption service models, and more to
the leaders and members of each group.
These interventions have truly made a
difference for coalition members:
• “I am a stronger advocate. I am more
involved than I ever was before. I am
... always thinking about how to educate others, how to help my children
and our parents and ways in which
our group can grow.”
• “I’ve acquired skills in the area of
starting a support group, a better
understanding of how to advocate for
our children, and a feeling of community with other adoptive parents
nationwide.”
• “I am actually learning to fight for
more than just my own children. I am
learning to be the voice of all children
that need to be heard!”
With our support, the coalitions are
enhancing services for adoptive families
and improving their adoption systems.
In Ontario, for example, adoptive parents have launched 10 to 15 new parent
support groups throughout the province
to meet the needs of both urban and
rural special needs adopters. The Kansas
City group is now doing recruitment,
preparation, and home studies of adoptive families and addressing the need for
consistent and unified service delivery.
In New Brunswick, the New Brunswick
Adoption Foundation and adoptive parents have established a committee to
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“We knew to come back
to NACAC because after
over ten years of getting
assistance from you, it
always proved to be
current and accurate
information...”
identify community needs and responses
that will support adoptive families and
children and youth waiting for families.
NACAC staff learned that the children
had been in care for more than five years,
and advised the state that this meant the
girls would become eligible for federal
adoption assistance in October 2009.
When the adoption was finalized in the
fall, the family received the support their
daughters needed.
Adoptive parents are grateful for our supportive staff and accurate information. As
one explained, “We knew to come back
to NACAC because after over ten years of
getting assistance from you, it always
proved to be current and accurate information that allowed us to feel comfortable to move forward in adopting a special needs child in one prior case, and
helped us overcome an obstacle along the
way in another adoption later on.”
ADOPTION SUPPORT
Adoption Subsidy
Resource Center
NACAC’s
Adoption
Subsidy
Resource Center—funded primarily
by the Dave Thomas Foundation for
Adoption—provides information,
support, training, and advocacy
about adoption assistance in the U.S.
and Canada.
When a number of states tried to cut
adoption assistance benefits in 2009,
our staff responded quickly to
explain the value of adoption assistance in ensuring permanency for
vulnerable youth. Staff worked with
advocates and leaders in Georgia,
Illinois, Minnesota, Ohio, Ontario,
Pennsylvania, and Virginia to defend
or improve adoption assistance policies
in those communities.
In 2009, NACAC staff and volunteers
offered information to more than
15,000 individuals about the benefits
available to children with special needs
who are adopted from foster care.
Of those people served, about 1,000
received more in-depth information and
case advocacy to ensure that families
have the benefits their children need to
grow and thrive. For example, one family was planning to adopt nine-year-old
twin girls in August. Due to changes in
state policy, the girls would not have
been eligible for adoption assistance.
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Minnesota Adoption
Support and Preservation
With funding from the Minnesota
Department of Human Services (DHS)
from January to June 2009, NACAC
provided peer support to adoptive families across Minnesota. Through the MN
ASAP parent support network, our team
of experienced adoptive parent liaisons
shared resources, parenting tips, information, and emotional support with
more than 1,000 adoptive families and
adoption professionals through about
5,000 contacts. These services helped
reduce families’ isolation, enhanced their
ability to meet their children’s needs,
increased families’ stability, and prevented adoption disruptions.
For example, staff worked with a mom
who was considering adoption disruption. Her child had reactive
attachment disorder, and the parents did not understand how much
the disorder affected the family.
Staff shared resources, discussed
attachment, and went with the
mom to training on self-regulation
and attachment. At our suggestion,
the family also started using respite.
As a result, the family is no longer
in crisis.
Such services are so important for
families raising children with serious
special needs. As one parent wrote,
“Without ASAP my god I really don’t
know where I would be at today.”
In addition to supporting parents,
NACAC provides necessary and useful
information to professionals. As one public agency staff member noted, “Thank
you sooooooooooo much. This is much
better than what I have found so far!”
Project staff and volunteers also trained
about 1,300 parents and professionals on
adoption assistance in 11 states during
the year. One attendee praised the training, “This workshop is really valuable
and should be regularly repeated, because
the topic will always be relevant and the
information will always be needed!”
In the spring, the MN ASAP conference educated more than 200
parents and 40 children and youth. One
attendee’s evaluation comment confirmed that we met our goal: “I learned
“I learned a lot, and met
parents dealing with
common issues.”
“I’m looking forward to
going home and parenting
with renewed energy.”
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a lot, and met parents dealing with common issues.” Another noted, “I’m looking forward to going home and parenting with renewed energy.”
Although DHS funding for MN ASAP
ended in June, a bridge grant from the
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
enabled us to maintain some support to
adoptive families through the end of the
year. Beginning in March 2010, DHS
has again contracted with NACAC to
support adoptive families in the state.
The Harambee Village at
NACAC
With funding from HOPE Adoption &
Family Services and Children’s Home
Society & Family Services, the Harambee
Village at NACAC offered families raising
African American children support and
information to help their children develop a strong, positive identity. Harambee
also helped parents and children respond
to the challenges of being a transracial
family.
Harambee’s services included special
events, training, and family villages (support groups for parents with culturally
relevant activities for children). From
January to June 2009, when the program
ended, more than 100 families participated in 20 villages including a Kwanzaa
celebration and a Juneteenth gathering.
vided scholarships for 66 parent group
leaders and adoptive parents to attend
their first-ever NACAC conference. One
scholarship recipient told us, “Thanks
for a great conference. All 7 of us attended from my family. My husband and I
benefited greatly from the sessions. The
childcare was awesome. Although our
kids weren’t sure about being away from
us, they thoroughly enjoyed the experiences they had.”
In addition to the scholarship sponsors
listed above, the following entities supported the 2009 NACAC conference:
the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Barbara Orlik for the Sara Berman
Memorial Children’s Fund, and the
American Academy of Adoption
Attorneys.
“I have ‘filled my (empty)
cup’ and feel motivated
once again to tackle the
job of parenting my
special needs child.”
Other Training
EDUCATION AND
NACAC offered training in 21 states
INFORMATION SHARING and 2 provinces to more than 3,300
Annual Conference
About 735 individuals came to the 35th
annual NACAC conference in Columbus, Ohio. Participants attended about 80
educational sessions on a variety of topics,
built connections with other adoption
community members, and returned to
their homes informed and inspired. In
evaluations, attendees wrote:
• “I have ‘filled my (empty) cup’ and feel
motivated once again to tackle the job
of parenting my special needs child.”
• “I am so glad I finally attended the conference. I wish I had come years ago.”
• “I learned, I enjoyed, I am empowered.”
Jockey International, the Pew Charitable
Trusts, and Casey Family Services proAnnual Report 2009
adoption community members on a
wide variety of adoption-themed topics.
Some of the more popular topics in
2009 included parent group development, advocacy, deflecting mother
blame, adoption competency, transracial
parenting, family preservation, and taking care of the caregiver.
Sharing Information
Through our web site and quarterly
newsletter, Adoptalk, NACAC shared
information with tens of thousands of
adoptive parents, prospective adopters,
and adoption professionals in 2009. A
social worker who receives our newsletter wrote to thank us: “Adoptalk is a
valuable tool and resource that enhances
NACAC Special Events
AdoptWalk 2009
On a cold and windy Minnesota day
in May, about 275 walkers (including
the family pictured above) raised
more than $25,000 for NACAC. The
event was a success thanks to the title
sponsorship of Jockey Being FamilyTM,
plus sponsorship from the Target
Adoption Network and Walling, Berg
& Debele, P.A.
Voices from the Heart Gala
In spite of the struggling economy,
the November 2009 Voices from the
Heart Gala raised about $27,000 to
support NACAC’s good work. More
than 145 guests honored Wendy’s
FourCrown, Inc. for its outstanding
work in raising funds for the Dave
Thomas Foundation for Adoption,
and recognized Minnesota State
Senator Tony Lourey for championing legislation that designated
Minnesota’s adoption incentive
funds for post-adoption services. A
highlight of the evening was a greeting from the Kennedy family, who
had just finalized the adoption of
three siblings as part of National
Adoption Day.
the recruitment efforts of agenices across
the United States and Canada.”
A web site visitor also sang NACAC’s
praises, “I just wanted to say what a terrific resource your site is. I am currently
in the process of adopting from foster
care, and your site has been a huge help.
Much of the information about state
subsidies and tax credits either isn’t available elsewhere or is explained much
more clearly here. I truly appreciate your
efforts to make adoption more accessible
for everyone.”
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Donations & Finances
NACAC is grateful for the support of our many individual and
organizational donors. In addition to the donors listed below,
many people contribute to NACAC through state and federal
workplace campaigns. The incredible support of all of our donors
enables NACAC to achieve the outcomes detailed in this report to
help vulnerable children and their families.
Patron ($10,000 & up)
Artha Capital Management, CT
Debra Steigerwaldt Waller
Foundation for Adoption, WI
Visionaries ($5,000–$9,999)
Joe & Becky Kroll, MN, in memory
of Raymond & Gertrude Kroll
Tom & Sue Schade, MA
Target Corporation, MN
Partners ($1,000–$4,999)
Mark & Julie Blake, MN
Reggie & Lesa Bowerman, MN
Dinah Dale, MN, in honor of Ginny
Blade, Deb Reisner, & Deb Fjeld
Faces of Virginia’s Families, VA
Bill Fuser & Lois Patrick, CA
Gregory Keck, OH
Patricia Kovel-Jarboe & Mark
Jarboe, MN
Regina & Don Kupecky, OH
Marion & Chuck Reynolds, AZ
Mary & Tim Sheehan, MN
Robert & Nancy Viking, MN
Walling, Berg & Debele, MN
Wendy’s FourCrown, MN
Joy & John Wetzel, MN
Guardians ($500–$999)
Mary Boo, MN
Claudia Hutchison, WA
Janet Jerve, MN
Larry A. Koch, MN
Latino Family Institute, CA
Susan Lester & Petra Mertens, MN
Ruth McRoy, CA
Maureen Sheehan & Benjamin
Hulse, IL, in honor of the Gertrude
& Raymond Kroll Endowment Fund
Kim Stevens, MA
Builders ($250–$499)
Americans for International Aid &
Adoption, MI
Sherry & Mike Anderson, PA
Marvaleen Atlas, MN
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Steven Brown, MN
Tyler Candee & Jessica Intermill,
MN
Terry Cross, OR
Joseph & Carolyn Crumbley, PA
Marie & Robert Dolfi, NY
Joan Glode, NS
Peter Goldberg, CA
Constance Jennings, CA, in honor
of Kaia Brianne Farres
Dana & Maureen Johnson, MN
Pat & Ken Krippner, MO
Nancy Le, MN
Ernesto Loperena, NY
Denny & Pamela Lynch, OH
Jewell McCliment, PA
Marci McCoy-Roth, PA, in memory
of Claudia McCoy-Roth
Minnesota Organization on Fetal
Alcohol Syndrome, MN
Deb Reisner, MN
Sandra Scarth, BC
A Second Chance Charitable
Foundation, PA
Erin Sheehan & Matt Urbanowicz,
MN
Donald & Carole Stafford, LA
Dolly Swanson, MN
Dorene & Alan Wernke, MN
Chris & Tracey Westendorp, MN
Wheelock Whitney & Kathleen
Blatz, MN
Friends ($100–$249)
Adoptions From The Heart, PA
MaryLee & Frank Allen, DC
Paul & Linda Bankerd, VA
Rufus Banks, MN
Frank & Carla Bennett, CO
Ginny Blade, MN
Ryan Bille, MN
John Boo, MD
Mary & Clinton Boo, VA
Jane & Gene Borochoff, MN
Lawrence Calguire, MN
The Clark Family, MA, in honor of
their son’s birth family
Karen & Mark Clemins, WI
Judith Wilhoite, HI
Lisa Allen Cook, CA, in memory of
Tanya Williams-Bell, PA
Christopher Allen Cook
Mary Jo & Michael Wolfe, DE
Ronald & Lisa Cote, ME
Lansing & Kingsley Wood, CA, in
Sarah Coumbe-Guida & Travis
honor of their children
David & Elizabeth Woodland, MN
Guida, MN
Ted & Kathy Zwieg, MN
Daniel Cowan, MI, in honor of Joe
& everyone at NACAC
Donors (up to $99)
Judge Leonard Edwards, CA
Margaret Adie, MN
Esultants Web Services, MN
Peggy Adie, MN
Family Design Resources, PA
Family Foundations Minnesota, MN Sue Adie, NH
Gail Albergottie, WI
Janice & Harry Goldwater, MD
Charles & Nancy Aldrich, MN
Sarah Greenblatt, CT
Judith & Kenneth Anderson, MN
Donald & Shirley Grindstaff, MN
in honor of Roberta Frank
Hyun Sook Han, MN
Dina D. Angress, CA in honor of all
Todd & Mary Hankel, WI
the parents who adopted children
Jody Hansen-Walker, NY, in honor
while she was an adoption worker
of her 10 beautiful children
Ansible Software, CA
Timothy Hartner, FL
Susan Barry, MN
Marian Saksena Hatch & Robert
Diane Barse, MN
Hatch, MN
Michael & Michelle Bawek, MN
Esther High, NC
Thomas & Kathryn Bawek, MN
Kathryn & Craig Holden, IN
Martha Beamer, PA, in honor of
Paul & Lavonne Jacobson, MN
Edith Scherb
Jerri Jenista, MI
Donna Beamon, MN
Michelle Johnson, MN
Allison Becker, MN
K/W Floors, MN
Mary Bassett Benz, MN
Merryl Klein, NY
David & Elaine Billmire, OH
Dottie Klemm, OH
Kenneth & Sandra Blake, MN
Jolene Koester, CA
Mary Boeder, MN
Carol & John Kohlberg, MN
Brian Boyd, MN
Josh Kroll, MN
Josef B. Brown, MD
Ray Kroll, MN
Leota Brucker, MN
in memory of Carol Kroll
Patricia Burks, NY
Alexandra Lafaye, AR
Helga Butler, MD
Danielle Larson, MN
Maura Cahill, MN
John Levesque, ME
Carly Cantu, MN
Scott Lundquist, MN
Darlene & Douglas Carlson, ND
David Mackereth, MN
Sarah T. & John Casken, HI
Les Malmquist, MN
Kelly & Donald Cates, MD,
Jay McCarthy, AZ
in honor of Joe Kroll
Charles & Barbara McCartney, MN
Marcy Clausen, CA
Jennifer Miller, RI
Eileen A. Collette, MN
Elizabeth Mizell, WA
Twila Costigan, MT
Kathy & Craig Moore, NE
Heather Craig-Oldsen, NE,
Pat O’Brien, NY
in honor of Joe Kroll & his fine
Judith Pence, IL
work for so many years
Jay Pettis & Allyson Candee, MN
Rebecca Planer, MN
Julie & Dave Pribyl, MN,
in honor of their children
Planned Giving
Helen Ramirez, CA
Michael & Danielle Rode,
One sentence in your will can
MN
make a significant difference
Beth & Peter Rozga, MN
Virginia Rudloff, MN
for waiting children and
Brian Samec, MN
adoptive families:
Susan Sammis, NM
Janet & David Soczek, MN
“I give and bequeath to the
Laura & Randall Stevens, NJ
North
American Council on
John Strait & Amy
Blackmond, PA
Adoptable Children,
Susan Thompson, MN
970 Raymond Avenue,
Maria & Mac Tripeny, MN
Suite 106, St. Paul, MN
Voice for International
Development and
55114, the sum of ____ dollars
Adoption Agency, NY
(or ____ percent of my estate)
Debbie Wallace, MN
Dorothy Waters, MD
to be used for its
Paul Waytz & Susan Gray,
general purposes.”
MN
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Carol Cumming Speirs, QC
Jean & Bob Dahms, AR
David DeBrosse, NC
Evelyn Eman Delmar & Larry
Delmar, IL, in honor of Ian &
Kenna Delmar
Kathryn DiCicco, MN
Katy DiCicco, MN
Linda DiCicco, MN
Candy & Steven Dickhudt, MN
Marilyn Drew, MN
Janet Durand, MN
Eric Eccleston, Jr, MN
Charles Ecklund, MN
Mary Lou & Dan Edgar, DE, in
memory of Robbie Powell, III
Trudy Eisenhauer, MN
Tamra Englund, MN
Michael & Cami Enke, MN
Sandra Enke, MN
John Erickson, TN
William Feidt, MN
Mitchell Felton, MN
Gregory Fields, MN
Steven & Kathy Flood, MN
Karen Foli & John Thompson, IN
Betsy Forrest, NJ, in honor of Pam
Hasegawa for her effort with open
records in New Jersey
L. Lloys Frates, CA
Hilary & Nathan Freeman, MN
Madelyn Freundlich, NY
Karen & Doug Fuller, OH
Jim Gabler, MN, in honor of the
work of Mary Boo
Annette Gellerman, MN
Matthew Giamalva, CT
Stefan Gildemeister, MN
Maxine Goodman, CA
Michele Goodson, MN
Micki Goodson, MN
Natalie Graham, MN
James & Janice Grebe, KS
Kimya Green, CA
Sue Gregory, OH, in honor of foster
& adoptive children
Alicia Groh, MN
Steven & Janice Grosshans, MN
Mary Grossnickle, WI
Amy Grothaus, WI
Rebel Gustafson, MN
Luanna & Steve Hacker, MN
Kathryn Hatlestad, MN
Lisa Hatzung, MN
Jan Marie Hazemore, NC
Maureen & Jim Heffernan, OH
in honor of Sophie Hyun-ah Jung
Rev. Donald Hinchey, CO
Karen Hoard, MN
Marilyn Hobbs, MN
William & Kristen Hochmuth, MN
Dustin Hookom, MN
R. Don Horner, Ph.D., MO
Jeanne A. Howard, IL
Ruth-Arlene & Theodore Howe,
MA, in honor of Sophie
Mary Jo Hruby, MN
Horace & Barbara Huntley, AL
Wendy & Bill Huss, MO, in honor
of Karen Solomon
James & Louise Hwang, NJ
L. M. Isaacson, MN
Janet Alston Jackson & Walter
Jackson, CA
Brendan Johnson, WI
Francine Johnson, MD
Leanne Johnson, ND
Walter & Kathryn Johnson, OH
Patricia Irwin Johnston, IN
Todd Jorgenen, MN
Lynne Kazama, HI
Margit & Matthew Klewin, WA
Debb Klingel, MN
Barbara & Scott Knaster, CA
Shirley Komoto, MN
James Krenz, MN
Robert Krenz, CO
Shirley Krenz, MN
Jay Krenz-Lichtsinn, AZ
Norinne & Raymond Kruse, MN
Sarah Kurachek, MN
Laurie Kusek, MN
Lisa Lambert, MN
Debra Langer, MN
Carry Langseth, MN
Michael & Serena Leonard, NY
Leah Lesh, TN
James & Melba Lewis, IL
Craig Lichtsinn, MN
Michelle Lindner, MN
Michael & Barbara Londo, MN
Jeff & Julie Long, MN
Shuli, Assaf, & Micah Lotan, CA,
in honor of Tuvia Perets’ birthday
Jane Loughlin Fischer, NJ
Co-Wefa & Ceil Lyda, NC
Nancy & Paul Magnall, IA, in
honor of Andrew’s birth mother
John Magruder, CA
Making A Difference Association,
CA
Katharine Mann, IL
Manners, Inc., MN
Kerry Ellen Manthei, MN
Mary Mason, MN
Lisa Mathey, VA
Analee Matthews, New South Wales
Mary M. & Mary Beth McGowan,
MN
Sean & Mette McLoughlin, MN
Cheryl Medin, MN
Erin Merrigan, MN
Katherine & David Miller, CA, in
honor of Joe Kroll’s leadership
Valerie Miller, NC
Jesse & Kelly Mitchell, ND, in
honor of the children waiting for
permanent families
Lisa Moreira, MN
Nina & Gordon Mosser, MN
Darlene Mull, WI
Steve & Julie Myers, MN
Susan Nelson, MN
Mary Elizabeth O’Malley, MA
William & Jane O’Toole, MA
Linda Oberg, MN
Todd Ochs, M.D., IL
Lynn Oltman, MN
Anthea Oomen-Herrmann, BC
Ann Pagel, MN
Jessica Peters, MN, in honor of the
Barron-Leer Family
Susan Peters & Lisa Durose, MN
Trudie & Chris Poole, FL
Larry & Cheryl Prothro, KS
Annual Report 2009
2009 FINANCES
Income
Foundation Funding. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $820,845
Government Grants and Contracts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $177,733
Other Contracts and Training Fees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $463,592
Conference Income . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $181,095
Contributions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $129,138
Membership Fees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $68,908
Special Events (net) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $30,416
Interest/Investment Income . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $53,910
Sales of Goods/Publications (net) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,403
TOTAL INCOME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,927,040
Expenses
Breakthrough Series . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $325,688
Public Education (includes conference) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $294,042
Public Policy Education and Advocacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $217,103
Parent Group Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $210,577
MN ASAP & Post-Adoption Support in Minnesota. . . . . . . $197,933
Family and Youth Engagement Project . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $174,975
Adoption Subsidy Resource Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $93,423
Community Champions Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $88,570
Harambee Village at NACAC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $35,683
Management. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $135,229
Fundraising. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $150,030
TOTAL EXPENSES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,923,253
Balance Sheet
Excess of Income over Expenses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,787
Fund Balance—January 1, 2009. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $359,009
Fund Balance—December 31, 2009. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $362,796
Assets—December 31, 2009. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $579,034
Megan Quirk, IN
Real Life Fitness, MN
Faye Rice, MN
Nicole Rice, MN
Beverly A. Ringsak, MN
Daniel Riser, MN
Carolyn Roberson, MN
Kenard Rockette, Jr., MN
Darlene Rolle, MN
Aron & Christina Romo, MN
Robert Rooks, FL
Elizabeth Rosenbaum, IA
Belinda Rupp, MN
Deanna Sande, MN
Kathleen & David Sauter, VA
Dean Schrimpf & Lori DuroseSchrimpf, MN, in honor of Lisa
Durose & Susan Peters
Jean Schroedel Peretz, CA
Mark & Marsha Schutte, MN
Margaret Seibel & Bruce Anderson,
MN
Carla Selbitschka, MN
Lyle Sellers & Sierra Seller, MN
Taryn & Alison Sellers, MN
Cathy Shea, MN
Dardanella Shenefelt, MS
Alex Sielaff, WI
Daryl Sielaff, WI
Donald Sielaff, NV
Vicki Sielaff, WI
Debra Sleeper, MN
Suzanne Smith, MN
Peggy & David Soule, NY
Andrew Spaanem, MN
Linda Sparks, MN
Duane & Janis St. Clair, MD
Marion Stafford, LA
Christin Stegenga, MN
Pat & Ted Steichen, MN
Linda Stewart, CA
Joshua Strong, MN
Colleen Tarket, CO
Gretchen Test, MD
Rep. Kathy Tingelstad, MN
Together as Adoptive Parents, PA
Roger Toogood, MN
Gretchen Traylor, MN
Bruce Trippet, MN
Betsy Trondson, MN
Gene & Kurt Tweraser, AR, in
memory of Barbara Watson
Kurt & Angela Ullrich, MN
Andrew Valek, MN
Monica Valek, MN
Debra Vega, MN
David Wall, MN
Brianna Walling, CT
Sharon Watson, MN
Wendy Wiegmann, CA
Vicki Wilson, MN
Daniel Winter, MN
Carleton & Zelda Zahn, MN
Barbara Zeches-Rudolph, MN
7
2009 NACAC Team
BOARD
President
Joseph Crumbley, PA
Vice President
Sandra Scarth, NY
Secretary
Phyllis Stevens, PA
Treasurer
Wright Walling, MN
Directors
Kelly Cates, MD
Deborah Cave, CO
Wendy Conforzi, ON
Félix Correa-Romero, PR
Terry Cross, OR
Joan Glode, NS
Todd Kwapisz, OR
John Levesque, ME
Brenda Lopez, WA
Ruth McRoy, CA
Kathy Moore, NE
Trudie Poole, FL
Maria Quintanilla, CA
William Thorne, UT
Marsha Wickliffe, OH
Wendy Wiegmann, CA
Tanya Williams-Bell, PA
STAFF
Office Staff
Marvaleen Atlas, Program
Assistant
Ginny Blade, MN ASAP Parent
Network Coordinator
Mary Boo, Assistant Director
Aubrey Haddican, Program
Assistant
Janet Jerve, Writer/Editor
Joe Kroll, Executive Director
Josh Kroll, Adoption Subsidy
Resource Center Coordinator
Diane Martin-Hushman, Parent
Group Coordinator
Mary McGowan, Conference
Coordinator
Terryann Nash, Harambee
Youth Program Coordinator
Deb Reisner, Harambee
Program Manager
Diane Riggs, Communications
Specialist
Christina Romo, Conference
Coordinator
Kim Stevens, Community
Champions Network Manager
Nancy Viking, Director of
Development
MN ASAP Liaisons/
Parent Group
Coordinator
Amy Ames
Mary Collins
Sarah Coumbe-Guida
Paula Dunham
Deb Fjeld
Melissa Fredin
Marilyn Gow
John Hays
Dawn Johnson
Mary Lyons
Julie Pribyl
Debbie Wallace
VOLUNTEERS
United States
William Hooper, AL
Mary Smith, AL
Linda Gonzales, AK
Sue White, AK
Nancy Williams, AZ
Lori & Willie Johnson, AR
Rauline Atkins, CA
Jayne Rovianek, CA
Sharon Selby, CA
Lansing Wood, CA
Deborah Cave, CO
Violet Pierce, CO
Colleen Tarket, CO
Lynn Gabbard, CT
Deborah Byrd, DC
Robyn Finnimore, DE
Mary Jo Wolfe, DE
Nancy Ellison, FL
Trudie Poole, FL
Bob Rooks, FL
Kathryn Karp, GA
Jymme Reed, GA
Judy Shipes, GA
Judith Wilhoite, HI
Marjorie McNarie, ID
Judith Pence, IL
Indiana Post-Adoption Network
Jaye Domer, IN
Karen E. Combs, IA
Jean Hess, IA
Angela Stark, IA
Debbie Dunlap, KS
Ruth Porisch, KS
Pamela Robbins, KS
Carol Cecil, KY
Virginia Sturgeon, KY
Pam Bolke, LA
Brenda Garnett Valteau, LA
Bette Hoxie, ME
Gail L. Neher, ME
Jennifer Klotz, MD
Theresa McNulty, MA
Marylou Bax, MI
Benita Fyan, MI
Veda D. Thompkins, MI
Janice Huff, MS
Denise Kelley, MO
Lori Ross, MO
Melody Blendu, MT
April Horvath, MT
Pat Llewellyn, MT
Pamela Allen, NE
Linda Rehovsky, NE
Sherrie Coy, NV
Pamela Kurcz, NV
Mariellen J. MacKay, NH
Bernette Berman, NJ
Irene Lando, NJ
Jennifer Mullen, NM
Sarah Gerstenzang, NY
Wanda & Tony Douglas, NC
Leanne Johnson, ND
Keatha McLeod, ND
Tim O’Hanlon, OH
Dr. Rita Laws, OK
Dwe Williams, OK
Kathie G. Stocker, OR
Danielle Vander Kooy, OR
Sherry Anderson, PA
Phyllis Stevens, PA
Félix Correa-Romero & Rosana
Correa, PR
Carmen Lourdes Rodriguez, PR
Patti Nenna, RI
Gail Groomster, SC
Coleen Globke, SD
Patty Hjermstad, SD
Marsha Boren, TN
Betty Hastings, TN
Joyce Van Der Wiele, TN
Bruce Edwards, TX
Clara C. Flores, TX
Daphine Reeves, TX
Shelley Horel, UT
Suzanne Stott, UT
Ron Brown, VA
Gwendolyn Ricks-Haskett, VA
Gwendolyn E. Lawson
Townsend, WA
Margie Leon-Gaitan, WA
Judith Dyer, WV
Mildred Mairs, WV
Patty Stem, WV
Leann Meiners, WI
Catherine Van Alstyne, WY
Canada
Karen Madeiros, BC
Margaret Warner, MB
Brenda Melanson, NB
Lynn Haire, NF
Mary Miller, NS
Rose Marie Smith, NS
Gloria Blacklock, ON
Wendy Conforzi, ON
Laura Eggertson, ON
Kathleen Neault, QC
Cindy Xavier, SK
Mexico
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