Creating Adoption Neighborhoods [DePelchin Children's Center].
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The Creating Adoption Neighborhoods (CrAN) program is an innovative collaborative approach to increase adoptive placements of African American children in Harris County, Texas. Combining the efforts of seven collaborative agencies; Adoptations (formerly Adopt 2000), Catholic Charities, DePelchin Children's Center, Homes of St. Mark, Houston Achievement Place, Lutheran Social Services, and Spaulding for Children, the program seeks to develop three neighborhoods in which adoption becomes the norm. The CrAN project has worked to combine cultural anthropology/ethnographic analysis, social marketing, and recruitment efforts to develop and disseminate adoption messages. Program Recruiters use existing informal and formal communication networks identified by the ethnographic analysis to focus recruitment efforts and celebrate success.
Texas; adoption; minority adoption; child placement; African Americans; collaboration; state programs; recruitment; adoptive parents