Adoption Center

There are no unwanted children...just unfound families.

Philadelphia, PA   |  www.adopt.org

Mission

The Adoption Center creates permanent environments for children in foster care through public awareness, advocacy and family finding.

Ruling year info

1976

Principal Officer

Christine Jacobs

Main address

1735 Market St STEA 441

Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA

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Formerly known as

National Adoption Center

EIN

23-1966667

NTEE code info

Adoption (P31)

Foster Care (P32)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Match Events

The Match Event program applies a unique format to provide prospective families and foster youth a safe and supportive environment to get to know each other. The youth participate in an enjoyable day that focuses on them and have the opportunity to meet others in similar circumstances. Match Events are proven to increase successful adoption rates for children who attend, with 73% receiving at least one inquiry from a family interested in adopting them. These events put a real child in front of the stacks of papers and labels, encouraging prospective adoptive families to see them for who they are in a relaxed and fun environment.

Population(s) Served
Children
Multiracial people
Foster and adoptive children
Foster and adoptive parents

Where we work

Awards

2011 Outstanding Nonprofit of the Year 2011

Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Our target population is the 6000+ children in foster care in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Camden counties. We work with the children who have been in foster care the longest, including older youth, children with disabilities, and sibling groups. We also worked directly with prospective and current foster and adoptive families. They come from across PA, NJ, and DE. The Center has developed strong partnerships with Pennsylvania’s Statewide Adoption & Permanency Network, Philadelphia Department of Human Services, New Jersey Division of Child Protection & Permanency, and Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth & Their Families. Center staff meets with the agencies quarterly to provide updates on the programs they can utilize.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The Adoption Center developed a new family retention model after roundtable discussions with social service agencies identified the retention of foster families as a high need.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners, We don’t share the feedback we collect,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Adoption Center

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Christopher Noyes

Richard Cornforth

PECO

William Levy

Brown Brothers Harriman

Seth Goldblum

CMF Associates

Andrew Wiest

Jim Guyon

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Kristy Kozlowski

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Daniel Marut

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Michael Morgan

Laura Sicola

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Charlene Vickers

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/26/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/26/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.