Recruiting Families for Older Youth

In this section you will find specific information on targeting your recruitment strategies to reach potential adoptive families for older youth in foster care. You can also explore resources on how to help prospective adoptive parents prepare themselves for the adoption of a teenager and how to find support to meet their needs.

Building the pool of families you need

Data-Driven Recruitment: Key Data Elements on Foster and Adoptive Families (PDF - 462 KB)
National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment at AdoptUSKids
Suggests priorities for key data elements on prospective and current families that will help inform your efforts to recruit and maintain a pool of families and help you assess the effectiveness of your recruitment efforts.

Developing Recruitment Plans: A Toolkit for States and Tribes (PDF - 391 KB)
National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment at AdoptUSKids (2016)
Helps child welfare agencies develop data-driven recruitment plans, offering ideas for creating targeted recruitment plans focused on particular populations or areas.

Placement Stability and Permanency 
National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment at AdoptUSKids
Provides resources for child welfare professionals who work to achieve permanency for older youth in foster care. It also gives information on the effective use of data and research, experiences and ideas from the field, and other tools and resources that promote diligent recruitment of prospective adoptive families.

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Using child-specific recruitment to achieve permanency

What is Family Finding and Permanency
Seneca Family of Agencies, National Institute for Permanent Family Connectedness
Explains the Family Finding model, which includes tools and strategies to locate and engage relatives and other supportive adults of children and youth in foster care.

Wendy's Wonderful Kids
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
Describes a model for child-specific recruitment that supports America's longest-waiting children moving from foster care into adoptive families. It also includes the latest research that shows this program to be effective at increasing the likelihood of older youth being adopted at 3.0 times the rate youth not involved with the program.

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Keeping prospective families engaged and supported

Going Beyond Recruitment for Older Youth (PDF - 648 KB)
National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment at AdoptUSKids (2015)
Find tools and information to successfully recruit, develop, and support prospective adoptive parents for older youth. It also includes information on how to help prospective parents for older youth explore the special considerations involved in adopting a teen and locate services to help meet their needs.

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