Post Legal Adoption Network (PLAN)
At NAC, adoptive families are members of a supportive and encouraging community. PLAN partners with these families to help avert crises and obstacles that can disrupt or dissolve finalized adoptions, enabling medically fragile children to remain in loving, safe, and stable families.
NAC is committed to its adoptive families and believes that a family who assumes the unique joys and challenges of raising a child with a disability or chronic illness should be able to obtain an array of specialized support services when they need them.
Adoption dissolutions (when a child is returned to foster care after adoption) among children with special needs can be as high as 15% nationally. Among the 300+ adoptions completed at NAC since PLAN’s inception in 1994, no child has ever returned to foster care after being adopted.
PLAN is a nationally recognized program that trains, assists and strengthens the capacity of families who have adopted one or more children with special medical needs. Through parent support and education groups, case management services, referral and advocacy, crisis intervention and counseling, PLAN helps to support and improve the well-being and functioning of adoptive families. Children receive services that help them cope with the dual issues of disabilities and adoption, including family, group and individual counseling and medical and mental health services.
Adoptive parents of children with special medical needs are eligible to join PLAN regardless of where their adoption took place.
To find out more about NAC's Post Legal Adoption Network, please contact the PLAN Director, at 212-696-1550 or via email at
NAC foster mother
NAC has zero adoption dissolutions since the inception of its Post Legal Adoption Network in 1994.
"NAC has maintained its status as the preeminent health care and social services agency for children with special medical needs," according to one recent award announcement.