What it’s like to be an Adoption Recruiter

The Adoption Exchange’s Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiters serve waiting children in Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah. The Recruiters “work on caseloads of children the system has forgotten, ensuring they have the time and resources to give each child as much attention as he or she deserves. These recruiters employ aggressive practices and proven tactics focused on finding the best home for a child through the starting points of familiar circles of family, friends and neighbors, and then reaching out to the communities in which they live.” https://davethomasfoundation.org/adopt/wwk/

Below are some reflections from The Adoption Exchange’s Recruiters about the important work they do.

Recruiter One: “A day in the life of a WWK Recruiter is priceless. The experiences I’ve had working with these youth in care will always stay with me and propel me into a lifelong effort to help them know permanency, unconditional love and support, and the joy of adoption.”

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An Overview – What is The Adoption Exchange, and what do we do?

By Joanna Miller, Senior Director of Development

Those of us working for The Adoption Exchange are asked this question quite a bit! We’d like to take this time to provide an overview of what we do, who we serve, and why the programs and services of The Adoption Exchange are so important.

History
The Adoption Exchange is a non-profit child welfare organization that was founded in 1983 to help establish safety and permanence in the lives of foster children. Although the Exchange was initially an exchange point for caseworkers to discuss placement of children with families seeking to adopt in the Rocky Mountain region, the organization has grown considerably over the years and now engenders a powerful impact on national trends in child welfare, employs over 40 paid staff, and counts on scores of volunteers to carry out its mission. In addition to the headquarters in Aurora, Colorado, The Adoption Exchange now has offices in Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah, and also serves children in Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

Today, The Adoption Exchange continues to bring new and innovative ideas to the adoption world and is working towards creating a world where every waiting child will find a permanent family. Through rigorous collaboration with state, federal, and other relevant agencies, we focus on innovative child-specific strategies that provide vibrant pre- and post-adoption services that speed waiting children to caring and loving relationships that last. Continue reading