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Using technology to scale up

We accelerate connection by helping those who help children in foster care. Connect Our Kids is the most successful technology platform for family search and engagement in the country, empowering child welfare professionals to make life-changing connections for thousands of children each year.

Innovation is the answer

As a technology non-profit, our team of developers, researchers, social workers, and trauma therapists collaborate with state and private agencies nationwide to create solutions that enable supportive connections and permanent placements for children in foster care.

Finding families, creating connection

Learn more about our technology platform

People Search

Created for child welfare professionals and volunteers to find contact information for extended family members and other connections by searching over 300 sources of data.

Family Connections

Family Connections is a visual relationship mapping tool used to build out networks of extended family members and other natural supports for vulnerable children and their families.

All Connected

A trauma-informed video academy for creating connection and belonging, designed in collaboration with trauma therapists and advocates with lived experience within the foster care and prison systems.

REC Center

Resources for Engagement and Connection (REC): an inspirational idea hub for engagement, outreach, diligent/family searching, relationship building, and more!

Find scripts and templates for calls, emails, and letters to help you make life-changing connections.

Mobile Apps

Our tools are available as mobile apps so you can begin searches immediately and on the go.

FAQs and more

Explore learning resources for social workers.

Quick Start Guide: Put the power of our technology to work for you

Bookmark our tools on your browser and download the mobile app
Use Family Connections to build a map of each child’s family and support network, and People Search to find contact information for everyone on it
Tour our REC Center for search tips, scripts, and outreach templates

Protect every child’s privacy and data

Data security and identity information are important features of our technology tools. We don’t collect data or track searches.
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Meet our Partners

It takes everyone working together to solve a challenge like ours.

Join our mission to connect every vulnerable child to a brighter future.

Our Impact

We are so grateful to have crossed paths with the Connect Our Kids leadership at a Family Finding conference in November 2019. Immediately, the team asked, "How can we help you find connections for foster youth?" NOAS partnered as a pilot agency for the software and now has fourteen staff using the system regularly to find permanency. Recently, a new staff member located an estranged sister of a birth mom. The sister lived a few miles from our office and was already a licensed foster parent. Auntie welcomed her nephew and has been matched for adoption. Without the tools provided in the Connect Our Kids software, we may not have found permanency for this teen.
Cheryl Tarantino
Northeast Ohio Adoption Services, NOAS|Ohio
I have been in the field of social services for almost 40 years, and cannot recall a single time that we have been offered assistance in delivering our mission with no strings attached. Through our family finding program, and with the support of the Connect Kids software, the Children’s Home Network has returned hundreds of children back to their families, restoring their sense of belonging, love, and hope.
Irene Rickus, CEO
Children’s Home Network|Florida

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