Strategic Planning in Recruitment of Foster and Adoptive Parents
Resources in this section will help managers and administrators create strategies for recruiting foster and adoptive parents. Includes State and local examples
Recruitment Work Plan Guide for Adoption and Foster Care Program Managers (PDF - 1736 KB)
McKenzie & McKenzie (2003)
Describes a results-based system for adoptive parent recruitment that focuses all agency activities on the ultimate objective: to place children in permanent homes. The manual includes tips for coordinating with national adoption recruitment campaigns, responding to prospective parents, improving and evaluating the effectiveness of recruitment activities, and developing a recruitment work plan.
Designing and Executing a Strategic Recruitment Program for Your Jurisdiction: A White Paper
Center for the Support of Families (2004)
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Discusses the methodology, outreach strategy, and results of Strategic Recruitment, a mechanism for analyzing the foster and adoptive "market"—families who foster and adopt and those likely to.
Foster Care Adoption in the United States: An Analysis of Interest in Adoption and a Review of State Recruitment Strategies
Macomber, Zielewski, Chambers, & Geen (2005)
Provides a national look at adoption recruitment by describing levels of interest in adoption, who takes steps toward adopting, and how interest might be channeled toward foster care adoption.
Finding Common Ground: A Guide for Child Welfare Agencies Working With Communities of Faith (PDF - 2851 KB)
Cipriani, Henneman, & McKenzie (2003)
Outlines the importance of building effective partnerships with communities of faith for recruiting and supporting foster and adoptive families for children in out-of-home care.
Getting More Parents for Children from Your Recruitment Efforts: Practitioner's Guide (PDF - 272 KB)
McKenzie & McKenzie (2003)
Presents a results-based approach to adoption practitioners for supporting prospective adoptive parents throughout the adoption process, from initial inquiry to final approval for placement. Strategies focus on engaging potential parents and providing effective customer service to prevent withdrawal during waiting periods.
Individualized and Targeted Recruitment for Adoption (PDF - 141 KB)
Casey Family Programs, National Center for Resource Family Support (2003)
Reviews the challenges of recruiting adoptive families and highlights child-specific and targeted recruitment efforts that have achieved results. The paper profiles programs that have used strategic recruitment approaches and regional, targeted recruitment plans.
Listening to Parents: Overcoming Barriers to the Adoption of Children from Foster Care
Boatright Wilson, Katz, & Geen (2005)
Explores why more general applicants who are not the children's relatives or foster parents don't adopt children from foster care—despite an increasing demand for children to adopt and active adoptive family recruitment efforts.
Recruitment of Families to Adopt Children From Foster Care: Barriers and Potential Solutions (PDF - 206 KB)
University of Massachusetts Center for Adoption Research & Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (2006)
Describes how the authors developed a statewide survey, Adoption from Foster Care: Knowledge and Attitudes Survey, in an effort to identify adults in Massachusetts who were likely to consider adoption from foster care, and in order to determine what factors correlate with increased likehood to consider adopting from foster care.
Resource Parent Recruitment and Training
California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (2009)
Provides search results for programs about resource parent recruitment and training that have been reviewed and rated by the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare.
A Study to Inform the Recruitment and Retention of General Applicant Adoptive Parents
Geen, Malm, & Katz
Adoption Quarterly, 7(4), 2004
Uses data from multiple sources to document general applicant adoptive parents nationally: their interest in foster care adoption, their characteristics and the characteristics of the children they adopt, experiences they have had with the adoption process, and factors that influence their success in having children placed with them.
Willingness to Adopt Black Foster Children: Implications for Child Welfare Policy and Recruitment of Adoptive Families
Brooks & James
University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Children and Youth Services Review (2003)
Responds to gaps in adoption and foster care knowledge by examining the differences between parents willing to adopt African-American foster children and those who are not. Findings show that parents who are willing to adopt African-American foster children differ notably from those who are not, particularly in attitudinal factors affecting their decision to adopt and their experiences with adoption workers and agencies.