Our Recruitment Mission
Recruitment efforts at A Family For Every Child give children in foster care additional exposure to families nationwide in hopes of finding children their forever families. There are over 500,000 children in foster care nationwide, many of which will never find a home due to their “hard to place” status- i.e. children who are older, who are minorities, who have developmental disabilities, behavioral disabilities, or past traumatic stressors. A Family For Every Child believes that children should have a family that will encourage them to grow and mature appropriately and provide them with a home environment where they can act like a kid and just be loved.
″Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.″ — Garrison Keillar
What do we Do?
A Family For Every Child’s Recruitment Team utilizes easy and accessible technology to help find children loving homes. We specialize in the hardest and most urgent placements, and will successfully match children with their forever families. A Family For Every Child is dedicated to finding permanent, loving families for all waiting children in foster care. We have a variety of recruitment services that allow foster children to have additional exposure to adoptive families throughout their adoptive journey.
Listing: Listing a child in our database exposes the child to families who are also registered in our database. Potential adoptive families who are registered can submit home studies for children on our private site, and can also read a short bio and view a picture of the child.
Child Listings and Matching Program
Families who register for our Matching Assistance Program have access to all children who are listed in our database. Matching Assistance is a password protected membership program that supports qualified, current approved home studied families looking for available waiting foster children. Matching Assistance Program families are home studied approved families, many of which have undergone special training, classes, certifications and more.
This is another resource that A Family For Every Child provides in our extensive recruitment program. The Matching Assistance Program not only helps families find children, but also greatly helps children who are registered in our private database. It allows hundreds of families to search through our database in hopes of finding the perfect child for them.
All families in the Matching Assistance Program are qualified to adopt children from foster care, and are interested in adopting children with special needs, older children, or sibling groups. In addition to giving children on your caseload extra exposure, you (as a social worker) can also view family profiles on our MAP page.
If a child is listed publicly with our agency, they are on our public website. This allows them to have additional exposure to families, recruiters and adoption workers who are not registered in our database. Listing a child on our public site gives the child all the exposure that listing them privately would, and then some. In addition to our MAP families and families who are registered in our database, public child listings allow families to inquire on children more easily and more frequently.
On average, there are over 500 home studies submitted every month via A Family For Every Child’s public site. Furthermore, 59,795,518 people visited our website in the past 10 months.
A Family For Every Child’s Targeted E-mails are e-mails that go out to families nationwide that match the specified child’s needs. They include the child’s name, state, age, biography and picture. If a video is provided, we can link it to the email, so the families can watch it! These are themed to a certain interest of the child, hoping that the true personality of the child will shine through. We run a report through our database and select families that specifically fit with the child’s special needs and wants. We believe that children should be matched with families based on their needs and the family’s qualifications. We do not believe a family should receive a child (especially a child with special needs) just because they want to adopt. Targeted e-mails successfully match children with families who can help them grow into their full potential. Emails are normally scheduled for the day after the email is created. If there is a certain date or time, we are more that willing to work with you!
Online Matching Events
Our Online Child Matching Events and Online Family Matching Events utilize user-friendly and accessible technology to better match children with their forever families. Social workers present children from their caseload to an audience of adoptive families via an online webinar program.
Does This Help with Adoption?
A Family For Every Child’s Online Child Matching Events are becoming increasingly popular, and are especially helpful for children in foster care that have a harder time finding a forever family.
How Does This Work?
Online Matching Events utilize easy, simple and accessible technology to portray foster children in a professional and aesthetically pleasing manner. We use several photos of the child to portray their everyday life, personality and activities. The social worker presents a slide show for every family that has interest in the child.
Why these Events are Very Useful…
Families are much more likely to become interested in a child after they’ve seen pictures and videos that represent the child’s personality, and after they’ve heard about the child’s behaviors directly from one of the people that knows the child the best; their social worker.
Families love these webinars, and feel that this is a great way to “hear about [the children’s] real personalities” and they appreciate being able to “hear directly from the social workers who know the children best” (Source from an August 22nd Online Child Matching Event attendee.)