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Engaging African American Families in Adoption and Foster Care
Working with African American Families Our guide, Working with African American Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Families (PDF – 2.5 MB) was developed to assist public and private child welfare staff in their work with prospective and current foster, adoptive and kinship families. While recognizing that there is no “one size fits all” description of African American families, the publication highlights strengths common to many families. It includes an historical perspective on the under- and over- inclusion of African American children in the child welfare system and the essential role that caregiving families have played even in the face of discrimination and hardship. The guide includes practice tips along with a resource listing for additional information.

Findings and Lessons Learned from Diligent Recruitment Grantees
A Parent for Every Child Recognizing the need to find families — especially families for older youth — who reflect the ethnic and racial diversity of children needing permanency, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families and the Children’s Bureau awarded cooperative agreements to fund Diligent Recruitment projects in 2008, 2010, and 2013. As the 2008 grantees completed the final year of their five-year projects, they developed presentations to highlight their key findings (PDF – 1.4 MB) and share lessons learned as they implemented their recruitment and retention projects. Multiple grantees developed strategies for recruiting families for African American children in foster care.

Tips for Finding African American Families for Foster Children
A 2005 article in the Adoptalk newsletter published by the North American Council on Adoptable Children offers concrete guidance for agencies seeking to improve recruitment of African-American families. Finding African American Families for Foster Children: Tips for Workers & Agencies begins by highlighting some “basic truths”: good customer service is essential, flexibility must be the rule, and family strengths should be the agency’s focus. The article includes several specific suggestions for practice.

More Helpful Resources
We have many more tools and publications on working with diverse populations, including African American families, as part of your recruitment and retention efforts.

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Initiative to Recruit and Retain Therapeutic Foster Parents in Los Angeles
Extraordinary Foster Parents in Los Angeles CountyThe Child Welfare Initiative and several partner agencies in the Los Angeles area have developed a campaign to focus on recruitment and retention of foster families for children with higher emotional and behavioral needs. Extraordinary Foster Parents in Los Angeles County: Child Welfare Initiative's Implementation of Best Practices in Recruiting and Retaining New Therapeutic Foster Parents (PDF – 1.5 MB) provides details on the initiative, including best practices research and activities to identify the motivations, characteristic, and challenges of current therapeutic foster parents.

Adoption Competency in Clinical Social Work
In a recent article, Adoption Competency in Clinical Social Work, Deborah Siegel, Ph.D., outlines the elements of adoption competency for clinical social workers. Writing in Social Work Today, Siegel details the core values of competent social work adoption practice, summarizes necessary knowledge and skills, and provides suggestions for responding to the questions of adoptive parents and their children.

Recommendations for Implementation of Family Search and Engagement
Family Search and EngagementA new Ohio report, Family Search and Engagement: Lessons Learned in Support of Ohio's Child and Family Services Review Program Improvement Plan for Purposes of Dissemination to PCSAs (PDF – 1.3 MB), describes the experiences in implementing family search and engagement (FSE) of several of the State’s counties and agencies as well as the statewide child welfare training program. The effort began in 2010 with training provided by the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections and Catholic Community Services of Western Washington. The report details lessons learned as identified by work team members and their organizations. The report also outlines recommendations and includes resources and sample tools.

Webinar on Implementing Evidence-Based Practices
The Council of State Governments Justice Center has made available an archived webinar: How Organizations Implement and Sustain Evidence-Based Practices: Strategies, Tips, and Tools. Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center, the webinar provides an overview of “learning organizations,” including examples of organizations in the criminal justice community and related fields that illustrate evidence-based strategies and practices that improve outcomes. Topics include staff recruitment, selection, training and assessment; organizational leadership and communication; best practice sharing; and quality assurance initiatives.

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Child Maltreatment 2012

Child Maltreatment 2012 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released Child Maltreatment 2012. This is the most recent edition of the annual report designed to provide State-level data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS). The report includes information on reports of abuse and neglect made to child protective services (CPS) agencies, the children involved, types of maltreatment, CPS responses, child and caregiver risk factors, services, and perpetrators. Read more

Program Instruction on Title IV-E Quarterly Financial Reporting

The Children’s Bureau has issued Program Instruction (PI-13-06) to provide State, territorial, and Tribal title IV-E agencies with the revised CB-496 form and instructions approved by the Office of Management and Budget for reporting quarterly financial information on the title IV-E foster care, adoption assistance, and guardianship assistance programs. Read more

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