NCFA: The State of Foster Care and Adoption


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Chuck Johnson serves as president and CEO of the National Council For Adoption. He is responsible for all aspects of NCFA, including management as well as implementing the organization’s mission. He is an advocate for children, birth parents, and adoptive families, and is a frequent writer, speaker, and commentator on adoption policy and practice.

Prior to joining NCFA, Chuck served 17 years with a licensed child-placing agency in Alabama, including eight years as its executive director. He was a consultant and on-camera participant to Hallmark Entertainment’s A Family for Li. His recent citations include Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox News, Reuters, TIME Magazine, Associated Press, MSNBC, Washington Post, Washington Times, and The New York Times. Chuck is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Social Work and holds a Masters degree from Birmingham Theological Seminary. He and his wife are parents by adoption and live in Maryland.

We have hundreds of helpful articles, activity ideas, and other materials on our Resources Page. Topics covered include: adoption, attachment, siblings, medical needs, children’s behavioral challenges, birth parents, how to address grief and trauma, and more. Visit or see our show notes for more details.

Herbie Newell is the President & Executive Director of Lifeline Children’s Services and its ministry arms.


The mission of Lifeline Children’s Services is to equip the Body of Christ to manifest the gospel to vulnerable children. Our vision is for vulnerable children and their communities to be transformed by the gospel and to make disciples.

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