AdoptUSKids Evaluation Project  (2017)

Researcher(s):

Project Sponsor(s)

  • Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
  • Adoption Exchange Association
  • Children's Bureau

Project Categories

Beginning in fiscal year 2007, the Adoption Exchange Association, with continued funding from the Children’s Bureau, began contracting with The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Social Work to evaluate the AdoptUSKids initiative from 2007-2017.

The evaluation team is collecting data on several important, nation-wide AdoptUSKids initiatives designed to build the capacity of states, tribes and territories in the United States to increase recruitment, development, and support of adoptive and foster families for children waiting in the foster care system. Since the AdoptUSKids initiative began in 2002, over 22,000 children who were photolisted on the AdoptUSKids website have been placed for adoption.

Evaluations are being conducted on the following AdoptUSKids initiatives:  1) the photolisting website; 2) a pilot chat feature; 3) training and technical assistance initiatives provided by the National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment at AdoptUSKids; 4) dissemination of tools and products for the field; 5) social media initiatives; and 6) assessment of a newly developed model of responding to families inquiring about becoming an adoptive or foster parent.  We are also participating in a workgroup to design and implement a new application to collect and track information about families who have contacted AdoptUSKids and indicated an interest in fostering or adopting from foster care. We recently completed a project exploring the experiences of youth adopted by LGBT parents, which was one of the first studies to speak directly to former foster youth who were adopted by LGBT parents.