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November 2016Vol. 17, No. 8Webinar Highlights Importance of Effective Response Systems for Diligent Recruitment

Comprehensive diligent recruitment of foster and adoptive families can improve placement stability and permanency for children and youth in and/or adopted from foster care. An integral component of the diligent recruitment process is an effective response system, and the National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment (NRCDR) at AdoptUSKids released a webinar focused on the importance of implementing quality response systems for replying to questions from prospective foster and/or adoptive families.

Webinar presenters offer lessons learned from implementing such systems, in addition to:

  • Offering information for agencies to consider when selecting a system for responding to questions and feedback from prospective families
  • Providing examples for child welfare agencies to improve existing response systems
  • Discussing technical assistance and other support offered by the NRCDR

In addition to the webinar PowerPoint, the NRCDR also has made available a publication, Is Your Response System Family Friendly?, and an agency self-assessment for identifying the strengths and areas of improvement in existing response systems.

The webinar, First Impressions: The Power of an Effective Response System, and accompanying materials are available at