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NCAP Announces Partnership with Family Equality Council and more

BOSTON December 8, 2016 – As part of its commitment to advancing evidence-based policy and practice in the field of child welfare – while also strengthening its capacity to carry out its mission – the National Center on Adoption and Permanency is proud to announce it is taking the following steps:

• Forming a strategic partnership with the Family Equality Council, a national nonprofit dedicated to achieving equality for all families, particularly those with LGBTQ members.

• Launching a Senior Research Fellows Program, which will add a signficant new dimension to our work; the first group of Fellows consists of 10 of our country's pre-eminent scholars.

• Expanding our leadership team to include Chief Operating Officer Allison Maxon, who will work closely with President Adam Pertman and Executive Director Carol Biddle.

You can learn more about NCAP's progress on our website, where there's additional information about our unique mission and activities. There has rarely been a more uncertain time for our nation's most vulnerable children and familes; please make a year-end tax-deductible donation to NCAP, so we can make a genuine difference in their lives.

"We cannot overstate our pride in taking these steps forward," Pertman and Biddle said in a joint statement. "We strongly believe that each of them tells the world who we are and, most importantly, each one enables NCAP to continue growing and to significantly contribute to tangible, systemic change that will improve the lives of the people we serve."

FAMILY EQUALITY COUNCIL: FEC and NCAP will work collaboratively to strengthen the two organizations' current efforts and to shape new initiatives that advance their respective missions; details will be announced in the New Year. NCAP believes this partnership demonstrates a clear commitment to our core objective, which is to move child welfare policy and practice beyond their current “child placement” to a new paradigm explicitly focused on enabling "family success."

SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOWS: NCAP Resarch Director David Brodzinsky, PhD, will co-lead this exciting new program along with Pertman. The first group of Fellows are: Kathryn England-Aytes, MS, EdD; Abbie Goldberg, PhD; Michael Grand, PhD; Jeanne Howard, PhD; Dana Johnson, MD, PhD; Ruth McRoy, PhD; Laurie Miller, MD; Ellen Pinderhughes, PhD; Susan Livingston Smith, LCSW; and Paul D. Steele, PhD. All of their bios are on this page of NCAP's website.

LEADERSHIP TEAM: Allison Maxon, NCAP's new COO, is a nationally recognized expert in child welfare and children’s mental health. She worked most recently in senior positions at the Kinship Center in California. Allison brings 25 years of experience in all aspects of the non-profit sector, including executive leadership and program development. "NCAP has the right mission and the right people to accomplish it," she said. "I'm very proud to join the team." Her full bio is here.

To learn more about NCAP, its work, its people and its partners, please go to or contact NCAP President Adam Pertman at or 617-763-0134. NCAP’s other strategic partners, in addition to Family Equality Council, are the American Institutes for Research, Foster Parent College, Treehouse Foundation, CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy and the Chronicle of Social Change.

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On behalf of all of us at NCAP, thank you!

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