Find resources and information to overcome barriers and challenges faced by child welfare and adoption professionals when working to support, develop, and retain resource families.
Barriers and Success Factors in Adoption from Foster Care: Perspectives of Lesbian and Gay Families (PDF - 420 KB)
National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment at AdoptUSKids (2013)
Provides findings from follow-up interviews with 10 lesbian and gay families who participated in a study that investigated barriers faced by families in the process of adopting a child from foster care.
Building Successful Resource Families: A Guide for Public Agencies (PDF - 2,314 KB)
Annie E. Casey Foundation (2012)
Addresses the lack of suitable resource families due to inappropriate recruiting and inadequate support and then describes the benefits and limitations of different resource family oversight models. It also outlines best practices and specific tools that have been identified by the Annie E. Casey Foundation as effective in the field.
Effective Practices in Foster Parent Recruitment, Infrastructure, and Retention (PDF - 444 KB)
Casey Family Programs (2014)
Highlights a handful of programs that have been successful in improving child welfare recruitment and retention initiatives.
Eliminating Barriers to the Adoption of Children in Foster Care: Recommendations for Nationwide Reform (PDF - 225 KB)
Harvard Kennedy School (2012)
Reports on a meeting of academics, advocates, government officials, foundation leaders, former frontline caseworkers, and adoptive parents as they identify and explore how to eliminate barriers to the adoption of children in foster care.
Foster Parent Shortages in the United States
Foster Care Newsletter
Describes the current crisis in foster parent recruitment and retention and its effect on New Jersey's foster care system.
Promising Approaches in Child Welfare: Foster and Adoptive Parent Licensing, Recruitment, and Retention
Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2012)
Provides descriptions of promising State approaches regarding areas of common concern identified during the Child and Family Services Review and the Program Improvement Plan process.
Recruitment Ideas & Overcoming Barriers to Placement of Teens
You Gotta Believe
Provides selected resources for learning how to recruit homes for teens in foster care and how to overcome the barriers to recruiting homes and placing teens in permanent homes.
Why Foster Parents Quit
The Chronicle of Social Change
Describes reasons for the high turnover rate of foster parents within the child welfare system. This resource also proposes four recommendations to reduce the turnover rate and retain resource families.