Florida Uses Twitter to Find Adoptive Parents

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Almost one in 210 Americans uses Twitter, sending short messages to family, friends and assorted hangers-on. Credit: Getty Images

"Wow, you guys are going to be parents? I had no idea you were even on Twitter!"

That could be party talk in the near future.

The Palm Beach Post reports adoption officials in Florida plan to use a 140-character tweet to find homes for the state's 850 foster children.

Florida officials are really into technology. They previously used an email campaign called "30 Days of Beautiful Children" to match kids with new parents.

Joann Uszuko of Panama City, Fla., tells the Post that's how she and her husband found their 8-year-old son.

"I really applaud what they are doing in this effort to get adoptive parents," she tells the newspaper. "There's just so many children out there."

But will Twitter reach people? Apparently. Almost one in 210 Americans uses Twitter, sending short messages to family, friends and assorted hangers-on. Officials at the Florida Department of Children and Families regularly sends Twitter messages -- or "tweets" -- to communicate with the public.

Adoption officials and Florida Gov. Rick Scott have been tweeting about training sessions and support tools for future adoptive parents to followers of @ExploreAdoption since April.

"We want to use every means possible to reach out to people and let them know about children who need and deserve permanent homes and families," Joe Follick, Department of Children and Families' communications director, tells the Post.

The email campaign in November was successful, the Post reports. Aside from Uszuko and her husband, 11 other parents found children.

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