Examples From the Field

A growing number of States are connecting with target audiences through social media outlets. In the spirit of information-sharing, we are providing a list of relevant Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, YouTube channels, Flickr accounts, and blogs to create opportunities for peer-to-peer learning. The Children's Bureau, Information Gateway, and AdoptUSKids do not endorse these examples, and we cannot speak to their effectiveness.

A growing number of States and members of the Children's Bureau's Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Network are connecting with target audiences through social media outlets.

Children's Bureau T/TA Network Examples

AdoptUSKids
facebook Facebook
twitter Twitter
youtube YouTube

Children's Bureau
facebook Facebook
youtube YouTube

Child Welfare Information Gateway
facebook Facebook
youtube YouTube

National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data and Technology
twitter Twitter

National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections
facebook Facebook
twitter Twitter

National Resource Center for Youth Development
facebook Facebook
twitter Twitter

State and Local Examples

In the spirit of information-sharing, we are providing a list of relevant Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, YouTube channels, Flickr accounts, and blogs to create opportunities for peer-to-peer learning or mobile website use.

Arizona
youtube YouTube

Read about Arizona's use of YouTube (see p. 35). (PDF - 15,820 KB)

Florida
flickr Flickr
twitter Twitter
youtube YouTube

Watch videos on how Florida's Department of Children and Families uses Twitter
in adoption recruitment

Illinois
facebook Facebook

Kansas
facebook Facebook

Massachusetts
facebook Facebook

Michigan
facebook Facebook
twitter Twitter
youtube YouTube

Minnesota
facebook Facebook

This describes a closed Facebook support group funded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and operated by the North American Council on Adoptable Children.

Ohio
facebook Facebook
twitter Twitter
youtube YouTube

Oklahoma
facebook Facebook
twitter Twitter

Pennsylvania
facebook Facebook

Rhode Island
facebook Facebook

Utah
facebook Facebook

Wisconsin

Social Media Safety (PDF - 219 KB)
University of Wisconsin Extension, Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development (2011)
Provides guidelines for setting up and safely using a Facebook account.

Strengthening Families, Changing Lives
Provides a foster care and adoption-related blog from the Coalition for Children, Youth & Families (formerly Adoption Resources of Wisconsin) that includes the following Wisconsin organizations: WI Adopt, Wisconsin Adoption Information Center, Foster Care and Adoption Resource Center, Foster Parents Rock.

Do you know of a promising practice? Please e-mail us at: info@childwelfare.gov

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