• November 2002
  • Vol. 3, No. 9

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HHS Selects Adoption Exchange Association to Administer AdoptUSKids Initiative

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services selected the Adoption Exchange Association (AEA) to administer AdoptUSKids, an innovative approach to encourage more families to adopt children from the foster care system. AEA will receive $22 million during the next 5 years to support the project. This sum represents the Children's Bureau's largest-ever Adoption Opportunities grant.

Principle partners in the effort are AEA, Child Welfare League of America, the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work, Northwest Adoption Exchange, The Adoption Exchange, and Holt International Children's Services.

AEA's project "The Collaboration to AdoptUSKids" will include maintaining and enhancing the AdoptUSKids website (http://www.AdoptUSKids.org), the first Federal online photolisting. Other facets of the Collaboration will include:

  • Training and technical assistance to States and Tribes throughout the country.
  • A national adoption recruitment campaign.
  • The creation of a support network of adoptee, adoptive family, and sibling groups.
  • Research to identify the barriers to the adoption process.
  • Efforts to enhance collaboration between agencies and individuals working to find families for children.

"Our end goal is to get as many kids as possible placed into families," says Project Director Barbara Holtan, MSW, M.A.

You can reach the Collaboration to AdoptUSKids at:
Adoption Exchange Association
8015 Corporate Drive, Suite C
Baltimore, MD 21236
(410) 933-5700
(888) 200-4005

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