Connecting With Colleagues

Connecting with other adoption and child welfare professionals allows you to share your experiences working with children and families as well as learn from others. By reaching out online, you may also find yourself forming new groups and creating opportunities to engage with professionals both within your community and beyond its borders.

The rise of social media has brought many new opportunities for professionals to connect with each other and continue to build their capacity. The following resources describe such opportunities and offer tutorials on building professional connections to improve your own skills and contribute to the larger field of adoption.

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How to Build an Online Community: A Recipe for Success (PDF - 708 KB)
Bornkessel (2011)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Describes how to help professionals plan, develop, and engage an online community.

LinkedIn
Offers registered users opportunities to connect through individual accounts and by creating or participating in groups (professional and personal) to discuss issues important to them. LinkedIn offers tips and tutorials for organizations to help make the most of their groups:

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Diligent Recruitment Grantees
AdoptUSKids
Provides information about the Diligent Recruitment Grantees funded by the Children's Bureau.

List of Members
Adoption Exchange Association (AEA)
Lists AEA's member agencies, who work with birth parents, waiting children, foster and adoptive parents, kin, and professionals.

National & Regional Networking Opportunities in Child Welfare: Peer Networks, Learning Communities, Communities of Practice & Information Exchanges (PDF - 194 KB)
National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (2010)
Lists national and regional child welfare peer networks, communities of practice, and information exchanges. The document provides the target audience, purpose, activities, and links for each group.

LinkedIn Groups
Offers many groups for adoption and child welfare professionals, including the following:

Already connecting through LinkedIn? Learn more about how to get the most out of your experience in 5 Ways to Use LinkedIn Groups to Build Influential Connections

NASW Social Media Platforms
National Association of Social Workers
Lists ways to connect with peers, such as webinars, peer consultation, the data manager's network, and the Resource Center's Groupsite.

Peer Networking
National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data and Technology
Lists numerous ways to connect with NASW and its members.

Wendy's Wonderful Kids Program Sites
Wendy's Wonderful Kids
Maps all the program sites for Wendy's Wonderful Kids programs across the United States and Canada.

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