The Alliance was formed in the early 1980's to answer a need for
support and education among professionals who help parents facing
unplanned pregnancies; those who recruit, prepare, and support loving,
and nurturing adoptive and foster families; and those who ensure legally
secure adoptions. The Alliance promotes high standards of practice and
the ethical delivery of services to all parties.
The Alliance's advocacy efforts have included active involvement in revisions
of the Adoption Act and legislation impacting adoption and foster care;
advocating licensure requirements for adoption counselors; increasing
awareness of and compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act; promoting
the federal adoption tax credit; and educating professionals and courts
about implementing new statutes affecting domestic and inter-country adoptions and a public outreach program informing the public of the Putative Father Act.