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August/September 2002Vol. 3, No. 7HHS and National Adoption Center Launch AdoptUSKids Website

A new website created to increase adoption opportunities for children in foster care was launched in July 2002 by a partnership between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the National Adoption Center.

AdoptUSKids, a service of the Children's Bureau, features photographs and biographies of children in the foster care system across the country who are available for adoption. The website will link potential families with children they might not have been aware of. The site will also maintain a database of approved adoptive families, raise public awareness, recruit families for waiting children, provide information and referral services to prospective and approved adoptive families and provide training and technical assistance to States and adoption exchanges.

In a press release, Dr. Wade Horn, Assistant Secretary for Children and Families, said not only does the site show what can be done when the government collaborates with its partners, but even more importantly, it also offers hope that many more foster children will get loving, permanent homes.

Visit the AdoptUSKids website at