Secretary Malhotra
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About Adoption

Adoption Services develops permanent families for children who cannot live with or safely reunite with their birth parents or extended birth families. Services include study and evaluation of the children and their needs, adoptive family recruitment, development and selection.

Local department of social services staff are able to help prospective parents search for a particular child by using the AdoptUSKids database service. For example, you may request a specific age range, gender, and special needs of a child. You may also indicate if you are interested in a sibling placement. The Adoption Program staff also utilize the AdoptUSKids photolisting service to feature some of the available children who are legally free for adoption. These children are photo listed locally on the DHR website and nationally on

Adopt US Kids formerly known as Faces of Adoption: America’s Waiting Children!

Adopt US Kids, is an initiative of the federal Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau that was developed and operated by a collaboration of nationally recognized organizations that include the University of Texas, Austin School of Social Work, Northwest Adoption Exchange, North American Council on Adoptable Children, The Adoption Exchange, and spearheaded by the Adoption Exchange Association. Adopt US Kids brings waiting children “online” through photographs and biographies. A wealth of information is also available to help you learn more about adoption. This organization also provides technical assistance to local departments of social services throughout the United States.