E-Notes, the monthly newsletter from the National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment at AdoptUSKids.
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House IconStrategies to Recruit and Retain Families

Working with Community Organizations
Community partners are essential ingredients of an effective program to recruit and support foster and adoptive families. Developing strong relationships with faith communities and other local organizations requires time and effort and may involve enhancing individual and agency cultural competence.

Engaging Community StakeholdersOur archived webinar "Engaging Community Stakeholders: Strategies for Effective Recruitment of Foster and Adoptive Families" focuses on the importance of partnering with community stakeholders to recruit foster and adoptive families for children in foster care. It highlights creative strategies used by several of the Children’s Bureau’s 2008 Diligent Recruitment Grantees, through:

  • Sharing lessons learned on building effective relationships with community partners
  • Exploring how community partnerships have helped agencies strengthen their recruitment efforts
  • Offering specific suggestions to engage community partners

View the archived webinar or download the webinar presentation (PDF – 2.1 MB).

We have other tools and tip sheets to assist agencies in establishing and sustaining effective community-based collaborations, including:

Family to Family ToolsMore Resources on Community Partnerships
Family to Family Tools for Rebuilding Foster Care: Building Community Partnerships, Step by Step (PDF – 242 KB) is a 2005 publication by The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Family to Family Initiative that provides a rationale for community partnerships; identifies the benefits of these relationships to both neighborhoods and child welfare staff; and outlines the developmental phases of effective and reciprocal partnerships.

Recruiting, Preparing, and Supporting Successful Adoptive FamiliesRecruiting, Preparing, and Supporting Successful Adoptive Families – A Step-by Step Recruitment Guide to Educate and Empower Agencies for Recruiting Adoptive Families in Rural Communities (PDF - 10 MB) is a report by Northeast Ohio Adoption Services on the targeted and social marketing methods used to generate more than 1,800 adoption inquiries that resulted in 64 adoptive placements.

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Child Welfare MattersLeading Adaptively in Child Welfare
The Summer 2013 issue of Child Welfare Matters (PDF – 2.1 MB), the newsletter of the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (NRCOI), focuses on leading adaptively in child welfare. The issue highlights the concepts and tools of adaptive leadership and describes how NRCOI and Cambridge Leadership Associates are working with New Mexico to use these tools as the agency implements a child welfare practice model. It provides a perspective on exercising adaptive leadership on the frontlines, and on using adaptive leadership concepts in continuous quality improvement systems.

New NRCPFC Hot Topic Webpage on Continuous Quality Improvement
The National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections has developed a new Hot Topic webpage on Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI). This webpage offers resources from the Administration for Children and Families, the Children’s Bureau, and the T/TA Network; State-specific resources on CQI; and links to relevant websites. This webpage will be updated regularly as new information and resources become available.

Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster CareTechnical Assistance Bulletin on Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges has a Technical Assistance Bulletin on Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care (PDF – 3.4 MB). The bulletin presents data on disproportionality rates for all 50 States and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Model Court jurisdictions, including trends over time.

Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has released the second edition of its Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit. This toolkit teaches basic knowledge, skills, and values about working with children who have experienced traumatic stress and who are in the child welfare system. The toolkit guides practitioners and others in supporting children’s safety, permanency, and well-being through case analysis and corresponding interventions tailored to them and to their biological and resource families. It includes a trainer’s guide, appendices, slidekit, participant manual, supplemental handouts, recommended reading and resources, comprehensive guide, and an accompanying CD. You can download the curriculum after setting up a free account on the NCTSN website.

Making Medicaid Work for Children in Child WelfareState Strategies for Strengthening Medicaid Programs Serving Children in Foster
The Center for Health Care Strategies has a report describing strategies implemented by four States to improve the effectiveness of their Medicaid programs for children in the child welfare system. Making Medicaid Work for Children in Child Welfare: Examples from the Field includes case studies for each State and outlines best practices in eight focus areas: financing; eligibility, enrollment, and access; screening and early intervention; covered services; individualized service planning and intensive care coordination; psychotropic medication; providers; and performance and outcome measurement.

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Celebrating 20,000 Children Placed
with Adoptive Families

20K Children PlacedWe’re celebrating a major milestone: Over the last decade, 20,000 children from U.S. foster care previously photolisted on AdoptUSKids have been placed with adoptive families! An important and promising indicator of success of the national photolisting website is that nearly 75 percent of the 20,000 children placed after being photolisted on our site were 8 years of age or older. An analysis of national child welfare data has previously indicated that children are significantly less likely to be adopted beyond age 8. Additionally, 61 percent of the children placed for adoption were of a racial minority and almost half had at least one moderate or severe disability. For more data about the placed children, see our "AdoptUSKids Celebrates 20,000 Children Placed with Adoptive Families" infographic.

New and Updated Resources from Child Welfare Information Gateway
  • Supporting Your LGBTQ YouthSupporting Your LGBTQ Youth: A Guide for Foster Parents (PDF – 406 KB) provides information for foster parents to help them learn about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the child welfare system, the unique risks they face, and the important role that foster parents can play in reducing those risks. This factsheet outlines specific actions that foster parents can take to create a welcoming home for all youth in their care and to promote youth’s health and well-being in the community. The tip sheet also includes links to many resources for more information and support.
  • Foster Care Statistics 2011Foster Care Statistics 2011 provides the most recent national statistical estimates for children in foster care from the federal fiscal year 2011 and also provides earlier data from 2001 to illustrate trends.
2013 Kids Count Data

2013 Kids Count Data Book The 2013 Kids Count Data Book, tracking 16 indicators of child well-being, is now available from The Annie E. Casey Foundation. This year’s Data Book also offers expanded coverage of America’s youngest children, adding to the ongoing national conversation on early childhood education.

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