AdoptUSKids About Us

 About Us


AdoptUSKids provides tools and technical assistance to support states, tribes, and territories in their efforts to connect children in foster care with families interested in adopting them.

Our mission: (1) To raise public awareness about the need for foster and adoptive families for children in the public child welfare system; and (2) to assist US states, territories, and tribes to recruit and retain foster and adoptive families.

AdoptUSKids is a project of the US Children’s Bureau, operated through a cooperative agreement between the Bureau and the Adoption Exchange Association.


Services for Families

AdoptUSKids offers the only federally funded national photolisting of children and youth in United States foster care who are available for adoption.

We’re here to help families every step of the way, from starting the process to foster or adopt to waiting for a placement to accessing supportive services for families.

In addition to the information provided on our website, we have a staff of foster care and adoption resource specialists who are just a phone call, email, or chat away. These specialists provide introductory information about getting started in the foster or adoption process and connect families with professionals in their state.

Learn more about our services for families.


Resources for Professionals

On, child welfare professionals working for public and private agencies can search a national listing of thousands of home-studied families who are ready to adopt and download helpful resource guides.

Also on and through the National Center for Diligent Recruitment (NRCDR) at AdoptUSKids, we provide training, technical assistance, and a wealth of information to help child welfare systems recruit, support, and develop foster, adoptive, and kinship families.

Learn more about how we help professionals.


Public Awareness Efforts

“You don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent” Public Service Advertising Campaign

This national public awareness effort includes public service advertisements (PSAs) that appear on television, radio, in print, outdoors, and online. Through humorous depictions of imperfect parents, the campaign shows prospective parents that what children in foster care really need is not perfection, but rather the commitment and love that an adoptive family can provide.

We produce this awareness campaign in partnership with the Ad Council and the US Children’s Bureau.

Learn more about the national ad campaign.

Volunteer Speakers’ Bureau and Conference Presence

AdoptUSKids raises awareness and promotes positive adoption and foster care stories by developing, training, and supporting a large and diverse group of spokespeople. We also exhibit and present at state, regional, and national child welfare and adoption conferences.

Read the stories of some of our trained volunteer spokespeople on our website.


Meet Our Team

AdoptUSKids is made up of an expert team of people located across the country, all working together to provide free services to foster and adoptive families and the U.S. States, Territories, Tribes, and Courts that serve them.

National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment

The National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment at AdoptUSKids assists States, Tribes, and Territories in recruiting and retaining foster, adoptive, and kinship families through on-site and off-site technical assistance.

Diligent Recruitment Grantees

AdoptUSKids provides support and technical assistance to 21 diligent recruitment projects awarded to public agencies as part of the U.S. Children’s Bureau’s Adoption Opportunities program.

National Adoption Recruitment Campaign

Now in its 10th year, this partnership promotes adoption from foster care and raises awareness of more than 100,000 children and youth waiting to be adopted.

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