Information Management, National Adoption Information Clearinghouse, ACF

Promoting outreach services, disseminating information hotline info, and information retrieval.

See Federal Clearinghouses with Information on Children and Families.

Cygnus operated the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse (NAIC), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) a national clearinghouse that collects, develops, and disseminates a variety of information to assist the public with all aspects of adoption, especially the adoption of children with special needs. NAIC audiences include professionals, researchers, adopted children, adoptive parents, and prospective adoptive parents.  Major tasks:

  • Performing standard and customized database searches and maintaining a database;
  • Generating responses to written and telephone inquiries from professionals and the public;
  • Developing publications and promoting the Clearinghouse;
  • Providing consultation and technical assistance;
  • Recruiting and establishing a pool of adoption experts; and
  • Maintaining a fee-for-service program.


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