E-Notes, the monthly newsletter from the National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment at AdoptUSKids.
Strategies to Recruit and Retain Families
Celebrating National Foster Care Month
During May, the child welfare community pauses to recognize foster parents and thank them for their service to vulnerable children, youth, and families. Agencies across the country hold banquets, programs, and other creative events to honor foster parents. The Children's Bureau—together with its information service, Child Welfare Information Gateway; the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections; and the National Resource Center for Youth Development—has launched the 2013 National Foster Care Month website. This year's theme is "Supporting Youth in Transition," and the website provides resources that highlight a variety of practices and approaches you can use to support your work with youth. These include:
Additionally, the website from the National Foster Care Month campaign works to draw attention to the year-round needs of children and youth in foster care. For more information, access the Foster Care Month Toolkit that contains brochures, posters, promotional graphics, and other digital materials.
Foster Parent Recruitment and Retention Resources
We have many tools and publications available to assist your agency's efforts to recruit, retain, and support foster families. Use these free recruitment and retention resources to learn how to:
Develop a diverse pool of foster and adoptive families
Facilitate interstate and interjurisdictional placements
Enhance your retention efforts through good customer service principles and tools
NPR Hosts a Discussion on the Realities of Foster Parenting
In response to a blog post titled "What Foster Parents Wish Other People Knew," National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation recently aired a conversation about stereotypes and misconceptions that foster parents confront. With guests Michelle Burnette, a foster parent of more than 40 children over 15 years, and Dale Margolin Cecka, a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law, host Celeste Headlee talks about the realities of foster parenting. Listen or read the transcript of the broadcast, "The Foster Care System: What Parents Wish We Knew."
Tools You Can Use
National Resource Center for Adoption Roundtable Focuses on Adoption Support and Preservation Services
The latest edition of The Roundtable (PDF–772 KB) newsletter, produced by the National Resource Center for Adoption, focuses on adoption support and preservation services. The articles offer an overview of current research and best practice information, and provide detailed program examples. A tip sheet for practitioners and supervisors is included.
Under what circumstances should child welfare personnel seek information about a child’s sexual orientation or gender identity if it is not otherwise disclosed?
Under what circumstances should child welfare personnel record information about a child’s sexual orientation or gender identity?
Under what circumstances should child welfare personnel disclose information about a child’s sexual orientation or gender identity?
This new publication was developed by several partner organizations in conjunction with the Putting Pride into Practice Project (P4) of Family Builders by Adoption in Oakland, California. P4 is a partnership with the California Department of Social Services to implement the Child Welfare League of America’s best practice guidelines for serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in out-of-home care in several county child welfare systems in California.
Study on Adoptions and Guardianships Cases Returning to Family Court
A study on the legal breakdown of adoptions and guardianships in New York City includes the results of a survey of family court judges and attorney groups and contains an examination of case-specific information. The Revolving Door of Family Court: Confronting Broken Adoptions (PDF–512 KB) was authored by Dawn Post and Brian Zimmerman of the Children’s Law Center New York. Writing from the perspective of legal practitioners, the authors describe their effort to determine the frequency with which children and youth return to out out-of-home care and the reasons for these placements. The article includes recommendations for legal and child welfare practitioners to ensure more stable and secure adoptive placements, and to collect more accurate data on the rate of children returning to Family Court jurisdiction after adoption or legal guardianship. Originally published by Capital University Law Review, the article is now available from the Children’s Law Center New York.
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