Resources in this section will help managers and administrators create strategies for recruiting foster and adoptive parents.
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.