Who we are

AdoptUSKids is a project of the US Children’s Bureau that provides tools and technical assistance to help child welfare systems connect children in foster care with families

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

Our mission is to:

  • Raise public awareness about the need for foster and adoptive families for children in the public child welfare system
  • Assist US states, territories, and tribes to recruit, engage, develop and support foster and adoptive families

Online and over the phone, we provide information and resources to families exploring foster care and adoption. Families who register on our site can search our national photolisting of more than 5,000 children and youth in foster care who are available for adoption and make inquiries directly to the children’s caseworkers. They also connect with a vibrant community through our Facebook page and Twitter channels.

Registered professionals use our site to search for families for children on their caseloads and access tools and resources to help them manage caseloads and stay informed about current practices. Administrators access capacity-building technical assistance, tools, coaching, and other support through our National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment.

Through a partnership with the Ad Council, we produce the “You don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent” campaign to raise awareness of the need for families for children in foster care.

Meet the leadership of AdoptUSKids.

Frequently asked questions about AdoptUSKids

Every day, AdoptUSKids staff respond to hundreds of questions from families and professionals who call our adoption and foster care resource specialists or visit our Facebook page. Below are responses to a few of the frequently asked questions.

Is AdoptUSKids an adoption agency?

No. We work on behalf of states, territories, tribes, and their private agency partners to help connect families interested in adoption and foster care with resources and the agencies responsible for finding foster and adoptive families for children in their care.

Do you charge for your services?

Never. AdoptUSKids is federally funded through a project created to increase the number of children in foster care who are placed into safe, permanent families. Our services to families and professionals are offered free of charge.

Whom do I call with questions about adoption?

You can call our team of adoption and foster care specialists Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. eastern time: 888-200-4005. They are also available through our online chat feature weekdays, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. eastern time.

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