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April 2011Vol. 12, No. 3Who's Using Social Media?

There has been an exponential leap in the use of social media among many members of the T&TA Network. It's now easy to find many members on Facebook, and some even dabble in Twitter. A recent article in AdoptUSKids' Monday Morning Memo (February 2011) reports on a survey of child welfare professionals and their use of Facebook and Twitter.

In the article, author Ruth McRoy presents findings from 746 child welfare professionals who responded to the email survey. She found that Facebook was the most popular form of social media and was used by more than 70 percent of the respondents, followed by YouTube and LinkedIn. Approximately one-third of the respondents used social media for both professional and personal usage. More than 58 percent said they would use social media for foster and adoptive parent recruitment at work if it were available.

To read the full article, "Do You Facebook or Twitter? Survey Report Findings," access AdoptUSKids' February 2011 Monday Morning Memo here:

[Editor's note: This link is no longer available.]

A comprehensive webpage on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website reviews the different types of social media often used for adoption recruitment and points out the many ways that the Children's Bureau and AdoptUSKids have put social media to work to reach workers and families. Visit the webpage to learn more: