State and Local Examples on Recruiting Families
In this section you will find State and local examples of promising practices for recruiting foster and adoptive families.
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.
Core Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Resource Families (PDF - 191 KB)
North Carolina Department of Social Services Family Support & Child Welfare Services Statewide Training Partnership
Training Matters, 9(3), 2008
Describes three strategies for resource family recruitment and retention (article begins on p. 2).
Finding Families for Children in Foster Care
North Carolina Division of Social Services
Children's Services Practice Notes, 13(3), 2008
Focuses on the recruitment and retention of foster families in North Carolina. The issue explains how North Carolina recruits resource families and discusses the system's strengths and challenges, findings from the Child and Family Services Review, and information on recruitment and concurrent planning.
Innovative Recruitment Strategies: The Latino Family Institute
Children's Bureau Express, 9(6), 2008
Describes how the Latino Family Institute used funds from a Federal Adoption Opportunities grant to find permanent families for Latino children in Los Angeles.
Moving the Child Welfare Reform Train Faster: Improving Maryland's Plan to Address the Foster Home Shortage (PDF - 235 KB)
Voices for Maryland's Children
Advocates for Children and Youth, 5(9), 2008
Highlights the successes and challenges of an initiative in Maryland to increase the number of foster homes to 1,000 by 2010, including the incorporation of clear, evidence-based strategies into the effort.
Recruiting, Preparing, and Supporting Successful Adoptive Families: A Step-By-Step Recruitment Guide to Educate and Empower Agencies for Recruiting Adoptive Families in Rural Communities (PDF - 7711 KB)
Northeast Ohio Adoption Services (2010)
Explains strategies used in four rural counties in Ohio to target marketing to potential adoptive families. Examples of marketing materials are provided.
They Deserve a Family: Higher Foster Family Home Rates Could Lead to Better Outcomes, Including More Adoptions, for California's Foster Children (PDF - 798 KB)
University of San Diego School of Law Children's Advocacy Institute (2007)
Discusses the lack of foster care homes and the need to raise foster care family reimbursement rates to increase the supply.
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.