Diligent Recruitment

Arkansas’s Creating Connections for Children Project (ARCCC)

 

Arkansas’s Creating Connections for Children Project (ARCCC) is a comprehensive, multi-faceted and community-based diligent recruitment program based on Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Family to Family model that will be administered by the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS).  It will combine technology, e.g. geospatial mapping, with evidence-informed practices to recruit and support a pool of qualified resource families in the highest need communities to serve the populations most in need. The specialized recruitment efforts will target youth (12 and older) because they remain in foster care longer than other age groups, they suffer from increased instability and they are often separated from their siblings and communities, all of which lead to trauma. 

ARCCC will target four high need geographic service areas that comprise 55 percent of the youth in care statewide, including Areas 1, 2, 6 and 8. In addition to the general recruitment of resource families for youth, ARCCC will also include targeted and child-specific recruitment approaches. The targeted recruitment efforts will focus on youth who have been in care for 24 months or longer, while the child-specific recruitment will center on youth of color (Black and Hispanic), youth with siblings in foster care and youth with mental, emotional and/or behavioral disorders/illnesses.

DCFS is committed to providing permanent, lasting placements for children and youth in foster care by having a pool of available foster and adoptive families who both reflect their characteristics and address their need for permanent homes and lifelong connections. Arkansas anticipates that ARCCC will accomplish the following objectives:

  1. To develop a network of foster families that is more neighborhood-based, culturally sensitive and strategically located in the communities where youth live;
  2. To reduce reliance on institutional and congregate care by meeting the needs of many more of the youth in those settings through family foster care;
  3. To increase the number and quality of foster families to meet projected needs; and
  4. To reduce the length of time children stay in care.

Although ARCCC is targeting four specific service areas, the resources developed and lessons learned through the project will also be used for general and specialized recruitment across the state to ensure that children and youth from all communities benefit from this opportunity.

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