Hi. I need images for an ad for the non-profit I work for. The ad is seeking volunteers to work with foster youth. Do I need permissions/model releases?
If the images are of people, you do need a model release. Many images of people on here have a model release, so you just need to contact them.
There are some images where the face of the person is covered and they would not be identifiable. I have some in my gallery, but the kids might be too young. And they are sad photos. LUSI has photos of teenagers leaping in the air and generally having a good time. I guess it depends on the tone you want to portray. This link orders the images by reverse date so they can be found more easily, but she has many photos of people. http://www.rgbstock.com/gallery/lusi/reverse
Regardless of where you get your images, if people are able to be recognised, a model release is necessary. Sometimes drawings or cartoons work well. SISCIEL has a lot of little characters in their gallery. http://www.rgbstock.com/gallery/SisCiel
Here is a link discussing the reasons for releases. https://improvephotography.com/48423/model-release/