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July/August 2009Vol. 10, No. 6From SACWIS to AdoptUsKids' Photolistings

A new AdoptUsKids' initiative, Project Connect, can help States use their SACWIS (statewide automated child welfare information systems) data to post photolistings of children available for adoption outside their State. As described in presentation materials on the National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data and Technology (NRCCWDT) website, Project Connect is designed to increase the number of photolistings from States by streamlining the transfer of necessary data from a State's SACWIS to the national photolisting database. The initiative was described in a conference call presentation by AdoptUsKids for SACWIS managers in April 2009.

As a national photolisting site, AdoptUsKids has aided in the placement of more than 10,000 children with permanent families. Currently, there are about 130,000 children in foster care awaiting adoption. According to the presentation, more than 4,000 families registered on the site have completed home studies and are waiting for a child. By streamlining the process for States to use its photolisting service, AdoptUsKids hopes to broaden the pool of families for children who could not be placed in their own States. Project Connect has the potential to provide a number of benefits:

  • Children will have a greater opportunity to find permanent families.
  • Workers can more easily use the national AdoptUsKids' site and receive increased support for permanency planning decisions.
  • States should experience reduced administrative costs and better outcomes on their Child and Family Services Reviews due to increased adoptive placements.

To find out more about Project Connect, access the presentation materials on the NRCCWDT website, including: