The name for an adoption professional who attempts to locate suitable homes for children waiting for adoption is an adoption recruiter. As such, they perform a service for children who need a forever family by guiding families through the home study process so that they might be eligible for an adoption. Recruiters and state child welfare agencies provide Heart Gallery of America (among others) with information about children waiting for adoption. Most are non-profit organizations. A few operate adoption exchanges where children can be listed for adoption.

The following are larger national recruiters
in the United States