Kinship, foster and adoptive families can be particularly effective in recruiting families for waiting children and are well-suited to guide and nurture parents after placement. The links below show family recruitment need not be left exclusively to child welfare workers:
- AdoptUSKid’s national resource center for diligent recruitment. States are mandated to provide for diligent recruitment of potential foster and adoptive families who reflect the ethnic and racial diversity of children who need homes.
- Treat Them Like Gold: A Best Practice Guide for Partnering with Resource Families. This manual from the North Carolina Division of Social Services starts with the premise: “Why should we treat foster, adoptive, and kinship families like gold? Because without them, life is harder for the families and children we serve, for individual workers, and for our agencies. Without them, we have a much more difficult time keeping siblings together and placing children in their communities. In truth, good foster, adoptive, and kinship families are worth more than gold—they’re priceless.
- In Search of a Family? Contact a Parent Group!
- Parents Play a Vital Role in Recruitment and Retention
- Teens Can Help Find Families
- Recruiting on a Budget