Retaining resource families helps to ensure continuity of care for children within the child welfare system. It is essential that child welfare systems identify and implement effective, integrated approaches to recruiting, developing, and supporting foster, adoptive, and kinship families in order to have an available pool of resource families that can meet the needs of children and youth in care. Find resources below related to retaining and supporting resource families.
A CHAMPS Guide on Foster Parent Recruitment and Retention: Strategies for Developing a Comprehensive Program (PDF - 253 KB)
Children Need Amazing Parents (2019)
Draws on the existing body of resources and information related to quality foster parent retention and identifies six key drivers of better outcomes.
The Dynamics of Foster Home Recruitment and Retention (PDF - 135 KB)
The Center for State Child Welfare Data (2018)
Focuses on how data might be used to generate the evidence needed to design effective strategies to improve recruitment and retention efforts.
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.
Effective Strategies to Recruit and Retain Foster Homes for Teens: A Readiness Toolkit (PDF - 6,030 KB)
Babcock, Schermerhorn, Osborn, Brown, Tutwiler, & Kim (2016)
Florida Institute for Child Welfare
Presents strategies for increasing the number of fosters homes for teens and offers solutions for sustainability.
Five Strategies for Successful Recruitment and Retention of Children and Families in Human Service Programs (PDF - 5,170 KB)
Barnes-Proby, Schultz, Jaycox, & Ayer (2017)
Identifies the challenges of engaging children and families in human services programs and provides steps for recruiting and retaining families and developing a comprehensive plan through five strategies. The toolkit, which is intended for clinicians, practitioners, and program administrators, also includes templates, forms, and other resources to help develop activities for each strategy.
How to Keep Prospective Foster and Adoptive Parents Engaged Before Placement (PDF - 153 KB)
Showcases eight ideas to help child welfare professionals keep families engaged by creating a web of information and support for the families, giving them spaces and opportunities to voice concerns they may not feel comfortable sharing with their caseworkers, affording them opportunities to learn and refine parenting skills, and providing them insight into life as an adoptive or foster family.
Special Issue Introduction: Finding, Supporting, and Maintaining Adoptive Families for Children in Foster Care
Madden & McRoy (2017)
Adoption Quarterly, 20
Includes articles that answer questions about how agencies find families for children needing placement; the experiences of these families and children before and after adoption; and the most effective recruitment, preparation, and retention strategies for families seeking to adopt from foster care.
Strategies for Successfully Recruiting and Retaining Preferred-Placement Foster Homes for American Indian Children: Maintaining Culture and Compliance With the Indian Child Welfare Act (PDF - 7,404 KB)
Killos, Lucero, Kauffmann, Brammer, Freemont & Maher (2017)
University of Denver, Butler Institute for Families, Graduate School of Social Work, & Casey Family Programs
Shares strategies used by Tribal and State teams working to increase the number of foster placements for American Indian children that reflect the children's culture and comply with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). The guide also discusses trauma, the history of American Indian child removals, and the importance of recruiting and retaining ICWA-preferred placements.