Florida's DCF Looks Twitter to Boost Adoptions

By: AP
By: AP

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's Department of Children
and Families hopes Twitter can help the state's 850 foster children
find adoptive families.

The Twitter feed for the state's adoption program is www.twitter.com/exploreadoption .

Three state employees have been tweeting since mid-April about training sessions and support tools for potential adoptive parents.

Cyndee Odom of the Governor's Office of Adoption and Child
Protection says social media helps educate the public about
adoption and spread the word about teenagers, groups of siblings,
children with medical disabilities and others who have found it
difficult to find adoptive families.

Odom says officials chose Twitter instead of Facebook because
it's easier to control inappropriate comments through the
micro-blogging website that only allows posts of 140 characters or
less.

DCF says a 30-day email campaign in November led to 12 children
finding permanent homes.


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