AdoptUsKids.org

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The mission of AdoptUsKids.org is simple: Recruit and connect foster and adoptive families with waiting children throughout the United States.

AdoptUsKids works hard to offer Training & Technical Assistance

By participating in the National Training and Technical Assistance Network
Consultation which addresses States’ and Tribes’ priority issues as they relate to recruitment and retention.

The adoptuskids.org and adopte1.org websites feature:

  • National photo listing of children waiting in foster care for adoptive families.


  • Information about foster care and adoption issues for families, professionals and the media.


  • With thousands United States adoptive families licensed, and registered as members of the adoptuskids.org website.



Answering the Call Publications

AdoptUsKids promotes a National Recruitment multi-media campaign designed to recruit families for waiting children including a public relations outreach Recruitment Response Teams in every state to respond to prospective foster and adoptive families

A Parent Respite Program offering an annual mini-grant award to parent support groups and the development of national respite model to support foster and adoptive families.

The AdoptUsKids.org website is a tool used to connect foster and adoptive families with waiting children throughout the United States. Adoptive parents with a completed and certified home study can register and participate on the Free site as well as foster adoption professionals.

Interested Adoptive Families who do not have a home study are referred to the RRT registration where an adoption specialist from their state will be able to help guide them through the adoption process.

When families register as approved home study certified they are asked to provide a profile including adoption preferences, and a written narrative about their family. All of this information is confidential and can only be viewed by registered professionals.

Once the registration process is complete interested adoptive families have access to several useful features including personalized search, note keeping, list building, and the ability to notify a case manager about a specific child or sibling group. Photos and profiles of the children are supplied by the child’s case manager or agency.

Foster-adoption professionals register with AdoptUsKids.org website and have the ability to list child cases for viewing by potential adoptive families from all over the United States. The member caseworkers are also able to search for families in order to find the best placement match for a child they may be trying to place. The member professionals have access to potential adoptive parents contact information including the family’s caseworker and adoption agency.

If you are interested or in the process of adopting a child from the United States foster care system this resource is one to consider taking the steps to become a registered member of AdoptUsKids.org in order to have access to waiting children from not only your own state but, any state in the US.

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Child Welfare Information Gateway Logo The Child Welfare Information Gateway is a service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Child Welfare Information Gateway website is a wonderful resource that provides access to information to help protect children and strengthen families. Covering a wide range of issues with topics including:

  • Family-Centered Practice

    Resources to support and preserve families through a respectful, strengths-based approach that views the family as central to the child's well-being. Includes information on specific family-centered practice approaches, such as family group decision-making. Also includes resources on cultural competence, casework practice, and providing and evaluating family-centered services.


  • Child Abuse & Neglect

    Resources about child maltreatment, including definitions, signs and symptoms, statistics and prevalence, types of child abuse and neglect, risk and protective factors, the impact on individuals and society, and child fatalities.


  • Supporting & Preserving Families

    All families can benefit from information, guidance, and help in connecting with resources as they meet the challenges of parenthood and family life. Find resources and information on family support and family preservation services.


  • Out-of-Home Care

    Resources and information about out-of-home care (also called foster care), including family foster care, kinship care, treatment foster care, and residential and group care. Includes information on working with children and youth in out-of-home care; working with birth families; recruiting, preparing, and supporting resource families (i.e., foster, adoptive, and kinship families); independent living services; placement decisions and stability; and system wide issues.


  • Achieving & Maintaining Permanency

    Resources to support professionals in ensuring a legally permanent, nurturing family for every child in out-of-home care through family reunification, adoption from foster care, guardianship, and permanent placements with relatives. Includes information on legal and court issues, preparing and supporting children and youth, interjurisdictional placements, post permanency services, and special issues in achieving permanency for older youth, children from minority groups, and children with disabilities.


  • Adoption

    Resources on all aspects of domestic and intercountry adoption, including adoption from foster care. Includes information for prospective and adoptive parents; information about searching for birth relatives; and resources for professionals on recruiting adoptive families, preparing children and youth, supporting birth parents, and providing post adoption services.


The Child Welfare Information Gateway is an important resource for all families and offers Foster and Adoptive Parents access to a wealth of information, resources and contacts. The APN Resource Network will highlight many of the tools, services and information links offered at the Child Welfare Information Gateway and considers this website to be one of the single most important places to bookmark, visit and go to when any information about the welfare of a child or family is in need!

APN Resource Network: Link Share

One of the unique features of the Adoptive Parents Network is the fact that our visitors and members have a variety of tools and services designed to share information and resources.

Today we introduce a new tool designed to allow any visitor or member to Add a Link to our Network Resource Link Share.

Anyone with a helpful, supportive or information website link is invited to add it to our listing. Including visitors who are not registered members but, may have something they would like to share with the Adoptive Parents Network.

APN looks forward to expanding our Network Resource section and this service is offered as just one part of our commitment of connecting parents with information and services designed to support Foster, Adoptive and Special Needs parents.

Our Network Resource Link Share opens Today and invites visitors and members to feel free to start adding their Resource Links to our directory! For you ease you will find a direct link located in the RED Bar of the APN Resource Network Section.

About the APN Resource Network

Welcome to the New Adoptive Parents Network Resources connection! This is an interactive area where members will be able to find important information and resources including such things as:

Website Information about the adoption process
Website Information for Federal and State regulations, contacts and information.
Services for Families including post adoption support, regional and local support groups, therapy, and mental health services.

Like most other services and tools offered this resource section is an interactive feature and members are encouraged to add what they have to share with the other members of the Network.

Please feel free to add your resources to the Adoptive Parents Network here by leaving a comment. Or you may want to add a Link to our Resource Link List. There are also links on the Forum for each State which can be used to post Support Group Meeting notices, trainings or services offered in your state or local area.

As this section grows our members will find it simple to share the resources they have found with each other as well as find the information they are looking for with Ease!

Please check back often as this part of APN is just starting to grow!