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September/October 2015Vol. 16, No. 7State-Tribal Partnerships to Recruit Resource Families

The National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment at AdoptUSKids recently released a guide to assist State child welfare agencies in recruiting foster, adoptive, and kinship families for Native American children. The guide, Recruiting Families for Native American Children: Strengthening Partnerships for Success, provides an overview of Federal laws (including the Indian Child Welfare Act and the Adoption and Safe Families Act) that regulate how States place Native American children in foster, adoptive, and kinship families. It also outlines ways in which State agencies can work with Native American communities to recruit and support resource families and how State agencies can assess their current practices and needs. Lastly, the guide provides key considerations when strengthening or establishing partnerships with Tribal child welfare systems, including recognizing that Tribes are independent governments.

To view the guide, visit (107 KB).