AdoptUSKids is a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services , Administration for Children and Families , Children’s Bureau . It has been in operation since 2002 by the Adoption Exchange Association under a cooperative agreement (grant #90CQ0003).
The mission of AdoptUSKids is two-fold: to raise public awareness about the need for foster and adoptive families for children in the public child welfare system; and to assist U.S. States, Territories and Tribes to recruit and retain foster and adoptive families and connect them with children.
To accomplish this mission, AdoptUSKids provides the following services through a team of nonprofit organizations across the country working together to provide free services to foster and adoptive families and the U.S. States, Territories, Tribes, and Courts that serve them. These nonprofits have professionals on staff with varying backgrounds and expertise in everything from child welfare to data and technology.
- Adoption Exchange Association is located in Baltimore, MD, and made up of our fulfillment team of adoption and foster care specialists providing rapid response to inquiries generated through our national multi-media campaign done in coordination with the Ad Council to recruit foster and adoptive families.
- The Adoption Exchange is located in Denver, CO, and houses the National Resource Center for Recruitment and Retention of Foster and Adoptive Parents at AdoptUSKids, which provides on-site and off-site technical assistance to U.S. States, Territories, Tribes, and Courts.
- North American Council on Adoptable Children is located in St. Paul, MN, and provides our post-adoption support services aimed at developing a national model of care to support foster and adoptive families.
- Northwest Resource Associates is located in Seattle, WA, and is the home of our electronic media team that manages our website, several State partner photolisting websites, and overall digital communications strategy.
- The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Social Work is the home of our evaluation team that reports on the outcomes of AdoptUSKids’ initiatives in addition to research on evidence-based foster and adoption practices.