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May 2008Vol. 9, No. 4Improving Relative Search and Engagement

A new guide from ChildFocus helps child welfare agencies perform more effective searches for relatives of children involved with the child welfare system and better engage extended family members throughout the child welfare process. The guide is organized around the following five topics:

  • Guiding principles and values of relative search
  • Building a strong policy framework to support relative search
  • Making relative search manageable for staff, technology, and cost
  • Valuing family connections
  • Effectively using Internet searches

Descriptions of State and local relative search and engagement efforts are provided throughout the guide along with links to documents, checklists, and other tools being used in jurisdictions across the country.

Find the full publication, Making "Relative Search" Happen: A Guide to Finding and Involving Relatives at Every Stage of the Child Welfare Process, on the ChildFocus website: (PDF - 471 KB)