Tom Prudden and Ashlynn Stiles spend much of their working week knocking on doors across Missouri, hoping to find someone willing to let them in to talk about adopting a child.
Prudden, a retired cop, and Stiles, a former preschool teacher, work for Foster Adopt Connect, a private family service agency in Kansas City. They call themselves “Extreme Recruiters,” an experimental team of child welfare workers who travel across Missouri to track down family members who can adopt teenagers before they age out of the foster care system. Each year, 23,000 teenagers across the country leave the system at the age of 18 without finding a permanent home.
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