Social media networks can be an important avenue for sharing messages and educating the public about the issues affecting children, youth, and families involved in child welfare. Find resources and information that promote family finding, explore effective recruitment and retention strategies, and provide additional information to help support parents and caregivers involved in out-of-home care.
Facebook 101 for Child Welfare Professionals: An Introduction to Using Facebook to Reach Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Families (PDF - 272 KB)
Discusses ways in which a child welfare agency can use Facebook in order to connect with prospective resource families, including sharing useful information, answering common questions, and spreading awareness about upcoming events.
Facebook Useful in Finding Kin for Wards of the State
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (2013)
Highlights the success the agency has had in Lincoln, NE, using Facebook to locate family members of children in care. The press release also shares case examples.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
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Using Social Media in Recruitment
Offers resources that can help child welfare professionals decide if their agency is ready to use social media as a tool for recruiting and retaining families, including tips and best practices to get the most out of a Twitter profile or Facebook page.
Foster Parents on Social Media: Think Twice Before You Post
Discusses the ways in which foster parents' social media use can affect foster children. Posting information about foster children in online support forums may create unwanted connection with birth families and other online predators.