Photolistings, or pictures of children that need to be adopted, are a commonly used tool for prospective parents looking to adopt infants and older children. Adoption agencies post these profiles to reach out to future adopters and bring light to the agency and the kind of children that await adoption. One can find pictures of children that need to be adopted in various publications, but there are many online photolistings that are more easily updated. Older child photolistings are more likely to feature children in foster care or those kept in public agencies. Infant postings are more likely to be registered with private agencies.
These photos of children are usually joined by a brief biography with basic information about the child, such as his or her age and name and a hobby. Child bios can be a little superficial. Because of the sparse insight into the child's more complex personality traits or special needs, photolistings are not a one-stop-shop method of adoption but are still a great way to get introduced to the adoptable children in your state. Infant and baby photolistings is an even more elusive experience as there is little available to differentiate the personalities of the children.
While photolistings may seem impersonal and adopters are often warned to not set their hopes on a single profile, seeing a child that makes your heart melt can be a reassuring experience and a great way to initiate contact with agencies.