Find resources in this section on diligent recruitment of families for children in foster care, including information on compliance with the Multiethnic Placement Act, as amended (MEPA); and Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Diligent Recruitment Grantees
Presents information about the projects and materials created under cooperative agreements awarded to eight grantees in 2008 and to seven grantees in 2010 through the Children's Bureau's Adoption Opportunities grant program.
Resources for Diligent and Targeted Recruitment
Children's Bureau Express, 9(6), 2008
Links to resources offering ideas, promising practices, and strategies for States and agencies seeking effective ways to recruit adoptive and foster parents who reflect the communities from which children in foster care come.
Diligent Recruitment Projects on AdoptUSKids Site
Children's Bureau Express, 11(4), 2011
Spotlights the activities of one Diligent Recruitment grantee, Kentucky's Project MATCH (Making Appropriate and Timely Connections for Children).
Federal Laws Impacting Adoption Recruitment and Placement (PDF - 293 KB)
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Adoption
Answers questions about MEPA compliance.
Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
In Child Welfare Policy Manual
Provides Federal interpretations of MEPA in a question-and-answer format. Responses were initiated by State child welfare agencies' inquiries.
Making MEPA-IEP Work: Tools for Professionals
McRoy, Mica, Freundlich, & Kroll
Child Welfare, 86(2), 2007
Explores the background of MEPA, describes the disparate outcomes for children of color in the child welfare system, and identifies agency challenges in finding permanent families for African-American children. Tools are provided for successfully recruiting families while following MEPA and avoiding potentially discriminatory practices in placement decision-making.
Meeting Diligent Recruitment Requirements
Provides resources to help State agencies develop an active, strategic approach to recruitment.