The Recruitment and Engagement Continuum
The Recruitment and Engagement Continuum administered by Allegheny County Department of Human Services strives to further current reform efforts through a comprehensive approach to the recruitment, engagement and support of resource families, especially families for teens. The project will use a data-driven, comprehensive, multifaceted approach to identify the needs of resource families, develop a County-wide recruitment campaign, improve the way in which children and families are matched, support engagement and training of resource families and implement a systemic approach for continuous quality improvement through feedback from youth and families.
Through this effort, Allegheny County expects to:
- Create and sustain a more representative network of resource families, one that ensures that DHS has a best fit home available for all children in care.
- Cultivate a resource family network that is better prepared to successfully serve youth, including the most vulnerable with behavioral and medical challenges.
- Improve the partnership between providers, DHS staff and resource families so that resource families are fully engaged and supported in their efforts to serve children in care.
- Increase placement stability
- Reduce reliance on group/congregate care
- Provide stakeholders with a meaningful role and voice that influences the policy/practice of child welfare and the recruiting and engagement continuum.
Project Highlights and Products
- Diligent recruitment program description (PDF – 195 KB)
One-page document describing the diligent recruitment program
- Survey for caseworkers (PDF – 168 KB)
Survey specific to caseworker perceptions about foster parents and how to support them
- Interview guide—provider agency (PDF – 355 KB)
Guide with interview questions for private providers regarding recruitment efforts
- Interview guide—youth (PDF – 277 KB)
Guide for interviewing teens about teen placements in foster homes and supports needed
- Survey for provider (PDF – 278 KB)
Survey for private providers specific to training provided for resource parents