E-Notes, the monthly newsletter from the National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment at AdoptUSKids.
Strategies 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.
Using Customer Service Concepts to Enhance Recruitment and Retention Practices (PDF – 852 KB provides child welfare agency leaders with an overview of customer service concepts that can help with recruitment and retention of foster, adoptive, and kinship families. It also serves as a guide for agency leaders in assessing, developing, and implementing relevant policies and practices to support good customer service.
Leading 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.
Technical 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.
State 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.
News and Announcements
Celebrating 20,000 Children Placed
with Adoptive Families
We’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 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 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
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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