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Approaches and Barriers to Retaining Resource Families
Find resources on approaches and barriers to retaining resource families, including State and local examples.
Strategies to Retain Foster and Adoptive Parents
Provides information on strategies that increase adoptive family satisfaction, involvement, support, and retention.
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.
Listening to Parents: Overcoming Barriers to the Adoption of Children From Foster Care (PDF - 360 KB)
Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute (2005)
Recommends that child welfare agencies develop ways to listen to prospective parents throughout the adoption process and respond to their needs and concerns.
NASW Practice Snapshot: Helping Prospective Adoptive Parents to Navigate the Foster Care System
National Association of Social Workers (2005)
Highlights trends in the number of people who do not follow through with the adoption process and their reasons for dropping out.
Practice Principles for the Recruitment and Retention of Kinship, Foster and Adoptive Families for Siblings (PDF - 375 KB)
Provides principles to help frame an agency's recruitment and retention practices for relative, foster, and adoptive families to help keep siblings together in out-of-home care.
Recruitment and Retention of Resource Families: A Breakthrough Series Collaborative
Casey Family Programs (2005)
Describes successful strategies used and lessons learned by 22 public child welfare agencies.
A Report to Congress on Barriers and Success Factors in Adoptions From Foster Care: Perspectives of Families and Staff Supported by the Adoption Opportunities Program
Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2007)
Outlines the findings of two adoption research studies conducted as part of the AdoptUsKids project. The studies identify the child, family, and agency factors that function as barriers or promoters of successful adoptions from foster care. (PDF - 909 KB)
State and local examples
Core Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Resource Families (PDF - 191 KB)
North Carolina Division of Social Services, Family Support and Child Welfare Services Statewide Training Partnership
Training Matters, 9(3), 2008
Presents strategies to assist agencies with recruiting and retaining resource families effectively.
Recruitment and Retention of African-American Resource Families: Ohio's Promising Practices
Adopt Ohio Kids (2006)
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Identifies promising practices of large State children's services agencies in Ohio in the recruitment and retention of African-American resource parents.
Treat Them Like Gold: A Best Practice Guide to Partnering With Resource Families (PDF - 3922 KB)
North Carolina Division of Social Services (2009)
Includes a full range of practical strategies for recruiting and retaining resource families and addresses broader considerations such as funding, diversity, community partnerships, and other systemic factors.