ERIC Number: ED161513
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Citizen Action Manual: How to Effect Change in the Adoption/Foster Care System.
This manual for child advocates in New York describes detailed procedures for organizing and operating citizen adoption groups and provides background information on the decision-making bodies, funding sources and resource organizations involved in adoptions. Procedures for changing bureaucracies and influencing legislation are emphasized. Information acquisition, processing and dissemination functions of adoption groups are specified. Parent, child, and agency relations as well as funding procedures and state and national organizations for child advocates are explored in the first part of the manual. Part 2 presents definitions of legal and organizational terms and expands acronyms. Also given are the authors' positions on issues concerning advocacy and adoptions; basic statistical information on children needing services; and brief descriptions of law, regulations and court decisions concerning child welfare. Sources of adoptive children and organizational resources for applicants are briefly described. Public officials and agencies who make decisions affecting adoption and foster care are listed and their positions defined. Funding procedures for child care services are outlined. A bibliography is included. (RH)
Descriptors: Adoption, Change Strategies, Child Advocacy, Child Neglect, Child Welfare, Citizens Councils, Financial Support, Foster Children, Foster Family, Foster Homes, Information Networks, Legislation, Organizational Communication, Parent Associations, Policy Formation, Social Action
North American Council on Adoptable Children, Central Office, 250 East Blaine, Riverside, California 92507 (Paper, $5.00, plus $0.75 postage and handling)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Dept. of Social Services, Albany.; North American Council on Adoptable Children, Riverside, CA.
Authoring Institution: Citizens' Coalition for Children, Inc., New York, NY.
Note: Second printing, 1977