Norman Goldberg, founder of the National Adoption Foundation, recently passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer. With family and friends at bedside Norman died feeling the love of those so close to him as well as the love from all the families he helped to make possible.
Norman founded the National Adoption Foundation in 1994 after experiencing difficulties encountered during the adoption process. Fortunately, he had the financial means to deal with the high costs and financial risks associated with adoptions. It was then that he realized there must be so many families wanting to adopt but without the means to do so. That’s when Norman decided to start a foundation with its mission being to provide financial assistance to those needing financial support to initiate the adoption process.
Since its founding the National Adoption Foundation has provided financial assistance in the form of grant money to approximately six thousand families throughout the United States helping to cover the high cost of adoption. Most recently, Norman, along with his team, worked diligently in developing a working partnership with Citizens Bank, a major financial lending institution, to provide low cost unsecured loans to help families meet the many costs associated with adopting. In just over a year since its establishment this loan program has approved and disbursed over two million dollars in loans. Norman also forged a partnership between the National Adoption Foundation and Adopt Directly, a web based platform helping to bring together families looking to adopt a child with birth mothers looking to place their new born child with a warm and loving family. Norman’s efforts were recognized by the U.S. Congress with the Foundation being bestowed the “Congressional Angels in Adoption Award.”