Sydney Carter Duncan has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Homes for Black Children for almost twenty years. She was the founder of the National Center for Homes for Black Children and a founding member of the Advisory Board for the National Center on Permanency for African American Children. She has been a member of the Task Force appointed by the U.S. Health and Human Services to create a National Adoption Strategic Plan, was an invited participant to the White House Task Force on the Black Family, and has given testimony for various Senate Subcommittees concerning her field of expertise. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the North American Council on Adopted Children's Advocate of the Year Award in 1989. She has also published a Parenting Resource manual for transracial adoptions entitled Healing Old Wounds.