Lasting Impressions: A Guide for Photolisting Children

 
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Many thousands of children in the United States in foster care need adoptive families—children who cannot return safely to their birth parents, who do not have extended family members who can care for them, whose foster parents are unable to adopt them, or who live in group and residential care settings. Finding families for so many children can seem overwhelming. We know, however, that there are families for these children. The question is: how do we find them? This guide focuses on one very effective way to recruit families—using books, newspapers, magazines, newsletters, and the Internet to photolist children in foster care who are waiting for adoptive families. 

Photolisting is an important type of “child-specific recruitment”—that is, recruitment that focuses on finding an adoptive family for a particular child. For almost 50 years, childspecific recruitment has been used in the United States to find adoptive families for waiting children in foster care. The children served through child-specific recruitment often have been older children, children of color, children with physical or emotional disabilities, and children whose brothers and sisters should be adopted with them.
 

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