E-Notes, the monthly newsletter from the National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment at AdoptUSKids.
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Sometimes the right article or publication can provide just the spark you need to move forward with a recruitment or support strategy. This month’s newsletter highlights a variety of NRCDR tools and publications that you may find helpful.

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Highlighted NRCDR resources

Planning a diligent recruitment approach Focusing your recruitment efforts

These tools assist you in targeting recruitment resources so that they attract and retain families with the characteristics required to meet the needs of children and youth in care:

Supporting families and emphasizing customer service

Engaging and supporting current and prospective families is key to maintaining a sufficient pool of kin, foster, and adoptive parents.

Using social media in recruitment

These resources offer support in knowing when and how to use social media effectively as part of your diligent recruitment efforts:

Ideas from the field

National campaign to improve foster care

CHAMPS (Children Need Amazing Parents) is a new “national campaign to ensure bright futures for kids in foster care by promoting the highest quality parenting.” Learn more about the initiative at fosteringchamps.org and in this report from the Brookings Institution.

Employee benefits for foster and adoptive parents

  • A new Cherokee Nation Human Resources policy aims to assist employees when they become foster parents. Full-time employees will receive five additional days of paid leave when a Cherokee child is placed in their Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare certified home.
  • Visit the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption website to find information and tools employers can use to become an adoption-friendly workplace.

Tools you can use

Kinship adoption guide

Kinship Adoption: Meeting the Unique Needs of a Growing Population (523 KB PDF) is a new publication by ChildFocus and the North American Council on Adoptable Children. The brief discusses trends in kinship adoption, ways that this permanency option differs from other types of adoption, and strategies to best support adoptions by kin.

News and announcements

Child Welfare Outcomes 2010-2014

The annual Child Welfare Outcomes report has been released by the US Department of Health and Human Services. The report provides information on national performance as well as the performance of individual states in seven child welfare outcome categories.

NRCDR closing at the end of September

As you may have already heard, the National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment (NRCDR) at AdoptUSKids will be closing on September 30, 2017. Beginning October 1, all diligent recruitment work (tailored, constituency, and universal services) will be overseen by the Capacity Building Collaborative’s Center for States and Center for Tribes. Both the NRCDR and the Capacity Building Centers want to ensure a smooth and seamless transition for NRCDR service recipients throughout the transition process and are coordinating closely on existing projects to ensure there is no gap in service delivery.


We will share additional details over the next several weeks about the continued availability of our online materials. Please let us know if you have any questions. We thank you for your partnership in enhancing diligent recruitment across the nation and for your work on behalf of children, youth, and families.


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