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August 2016Vol. 17, No. 6Finding and Keeping Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Homes

The New York Office of Children and Family Services developed Revitalizing Recruitment, a resource tool for child welfare professionals to guide them in developing and implementing best practices for recruiting foster/adoptive families and engaging parents and children before and after placement. The guide includes information on the challenges and opportunities in recruitment and retention and offers tools that can help revitalize recruitment within professionals' jurisdictions. Some of the topics addressed include the following:

  • Driving recruitment with data: how data can strengthen recruitment and retention, data collection and analysis focused on the data elements related to families, and market segmentation
  • Targeted vs. general recruitment: exploring how the data can inform the cost-benefit analysis of recruitment and retention strategies, developing partnerships with diverse communities, increasing cultural competence, and engaging high-response communities
  • Child-specific recruitment and hard-to-find homes
  • Customer service for retention and support
  • Effective communication via social media

The guide also features the following:

  • Summaries of best practices for specific communities and additional resource content
  • Specific descriptions of practice models and evidence-base practice strategies
  • A number of factsheets and guides related to best practice programs/strategies

Revitalizing Recruitment: Practice Strategies for Finding and Keeping Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Homes, by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and Welfare Research, Inc., is available at (10 MB).