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February 2011Vol. 12, No. 12010 National Adoption Month Capacity Building Toolkit

AdoptUSKids, in collaboration with Child Welfare Information Gateway, has developed the 2010 National Adoption Month Capacity Building Toolkit to help increase the awareness of adoption and assist jurisdictions and organizations analyze and build their capacity to recruit and retain foster and adoptive parents. The toolkit's information and tools are organized into five sections that reflect practice areas child welfare professionals have found historically challenging:

  • Supporting and Retaining Foster and Adoptive Families
  • Diligent Recruitment
  • Working With Diverse Populations
  • Proactive Family Finding
  • Interjurisdictional Placements

Each section describes the topic, presents an idea from the field, describes ways that individual workers and agencies can take action to promote adoption from foster care, and presents specific tools—such as tip sheets and checklists—pertinent to the topic.

This toolkit was made possible with funding from the Children's Bureau and may be accessed on the AdoptUSKids website: (5.55 MB)