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Promising Approaches and Strategies for Recruiting Resource Families
This section includes an array of approaches and strategies for recruiting foster and adoptive families.
Promising Approaches in Child Welfare: Foster and Adoptive Parent Licensing, Recruitment, and Retention
Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Describes promising approaches identified by the Children's Bureau in the Child and Family Services Reviews.
National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment (NRCDR)
Assists States, Tribes, Territories, and courts on issues that pertain to the development and implementation of quality recruitment and retention services for foster, adoptive, and kinship families. The National Resource Center is a member of the Children's Bureau Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Network.
Resource Parent Recruitment and Training
California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (2009)
Reviews and rates resource parent recruitment and training programs for evidence-based practices.
2011 National Adoption Month Capacity Building Toolkit (PDF - 3,000 KB)
Provides information and tools aimed at helping build agency capacity in working with children, youth, and families in five key areas of child welfare practice: supporting and retaining families, diligent recruitment, working with diverse populations, proactive family finding, and interjurisdictional placements.
10 Top Tips for Finding Families
Suggests tips for finding permanent families for children who cannot live with their birth parents or relatives. Strategies and a checklist are provided for each tip.
Foster Care Adoption in the United States: An Analysis of Interest in Adoption and a Review of State Recruitment Strategies
Urban Institute (2005)
Lists common barriers to finding adoptive families for children in foster care and promising practices to overcome them.
Innovative Practice Approaches to Matching in Adoption
Hanna & McRoy
Journal of Public Child Welfare, 5(1), 2011
Provides an overview of seven assessment tools and discusses the potential for their use as part of an innovative approach to adoption practice using a public health model of prevention. The article also highlights the need for standardization and data on the effectiveness of these tools.
Discusses how to use marketing in recruiting foster parents.
Promising Practices in Diligent Recruitment of Foster and Adoptive Families
Children's Bureau Express, 9(6), (2008)
Highlights promising practices in diligent recruitment. Also available: Resources for Diligent and Targeted Recruitment
North American Council on Adoptable Children
Offers a list of newsletters and articles to help professionals bolster efforts to locate and retain adoptive families.
Recruitment Resources: Finding Families for Waiting Children
Dosh & Ledesma
Judges' Page, 2010
Reviews strategies that can be used to recruit families for children in the child welfare system, including weekly network television segments, adoption networking or matching parties, the Internet, children's photo galleries, and various forms of print media and social media.
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.
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Research
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
Presents findings from an evaluation of adoptive family recruitment strategies for children in foster care. The results indicate that child-focused recruitment models were significantly more successful than other approaches.