CANADA'S WAITING CHILDREN & YOUTH FOR SOCIAL WORKERS
& ADOPTION PRACTITIONERS
There are thousands of children and youth in the care of our provinces and territories who are waiting for permanent families. There are thousands of families across Canada who are willing to adopt – but most prospective parents don’t know enough about the children or youth who need permanent homes. They may not realize the kinds of supports those waiting children or youth need.
Traditional recruitment methods have not bridged the gap between what waiting children or youth need, and what waiting families want.
That’s why we need active, creative efforts to recruit families who will meet the need – and the right - of every child or youth in care for a permanent, loving, safe and supportive home. Our Canada’s Waiting Children and Youth photo listing is one of those tools that supports targeted child-specific recruitment.
As a social worker or adoption practitioner, once you register with CWCY, you can refer waiting children or youth on your caseload to our photo listing. You also gain access to our database of family profiles, to see if any of the families listed with us might be a prospective match for the children or youth you are working with.
WHY AN INTERNET PHOTO LISTING?
Of the varied approaches that social workers, governments and child welfare agencies use to recruit permanent families for waiting children or youth, child-specific, targeted recruitment is the most effective. This type of approach highlights actual children or youth and personally engages interested families.
People make an emotional connection to pictures. They respond to descriptions of waiting children and youth.
We promote private photo listing because it works.
Thank you for visiting Canada’s Waiting Children and Youth, and for the vital work you do to help the children and youth on your caseload find permanent families.