National Adoption Month Partners
National Adoption Month is an initiative of the Children's Bureau with the goal to increase national awareness and support for the thousands of children and youth in the U.S. foster care system who are waiting for permanent, loving families. The initiative is supported through a partnership with Child Welfare Information Gateway and AdoptUSKids.
AdoptUSKids’ mission is to raise public awareness about the need for foster and adoptive families for children and youth living in foster care while assisting States, territories and Tribes in recruiting, engaging, developing, and supporting foster and adoptive families. AdoptUSKids is a project of the U.S. Children’s Bureau and offers the following free services:
- National photolisting. Professionals use to match children in need of permanent homes with parents who are approved to adopt.
- Publications. We create content on topics ranging from finding families to working with diverse communities to writing children’s narratives.
- Capacity-building services. We offer consultation, webinars, onsite and offsite training, and other opportunities for agency leaders to connect, learn, and improve their service to children and families.
- Leadership development. We help emerging leaders develop skills and networks through our Minority Professional Leadership Development program.
- National ad campaign. Our National Adoption Recruitment Campaign promotes adoption from foster care and raises awareness of the 112,000 children and teens waiting to be adopted.
- Speakers Bureau. The AdoptUSKids speakers bureau helps raise public awareness of the need for foster and adoptive families and inspire others by sharing their experiences of adopting from foster care.
- Communications. Our newsletters and an active Twitter channel keep professionals informed about new resources, tools, and best practices.
- Support to families. We help families through the process to foster or adopt to receiving a placement and accessing supportive services.
Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more. Explore the Introduction to Adoption section on the Information Gateway website to learn more about adoption or visit some of our other free resources below.
- National Foster Care & Adoption Directory includes State-by-State listings of adoption agencies, State officials and services, support groups, and other related services.
- Adoption Triad is a monthly e-brief that provides practical information, tools, and strategies to help agencies build their capacity to identify, recruit, and support families for children and youth.
- State Statutes Search provides State statutes on a range of issues related to child abuse and neglect, child welfare, and adoption.
- Information Gateway Publications Series List includes over 170 bulletins for professionals, factsheets for families, Spanish materials, and other products produced or distributed by Information Gateway.
- Child Welfare Information Gateway Library contains a wide range of searchable resources and literature on child abuse prevention, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and other topics.
AdoptUSKids Family Finding Initiative
The Family Finding Initiative is replicating four family-finding and engagement models across the country:
- FosterAdopt Connect is replicating their Extreme Family Finding model in four States: Rhode Island, Maryland (Prince Georges County), Pennsylvania (Allegheny County), and Kansas.
- Northwest Resource Associates is replicating their In-Depth Profiles in Michigan and Oregon. Each State will have its own microsite featuring videos/content created by young people.
- National Institute for Permanent Family Connectedness is working on system change in regards to family finding and engagement with four counties in California: Butte, Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Luis Obispo.
- America’s Kids Belong is replicating their I Belong recruitment videos in four States. Utah is the first State on board to implement this recruitment strategy.