Tools and Resources
Our tools, publications, and other resources can help you as you develop and implement your strategies for working with diverse populations of children and youth in foster care and for recruiting and retaining families from diverse communities.
Recruiting Families for Native American Children: Strengthening Partnerships for Success (PDF – 115 KB)
Provides ideas and suggestions for specific strategies state and county child welfare systems can use to recruit families for Native American children in foster care, highlights the importance of effective recruitment strategies as a way to support a child welfare system’s efforts to comply with the Indian Child Welfare Act, and offers strategies for developing and strengthening partnerships with tribes and tribal child welfare systems.
Moving Toward Cultural Competence: Key Considerations to Explore (PDF – 227 KB)
Assists child welfare staff in building their capacity for effective, culturally competent recruitment and retention efforts with diverse communities.
Latino Tip Sheet Packet (PDF – 222 KB)
Highlights key benefits for children and youth of recruiting Latino foster, adoptive, and kinship families, and provides helpful information about the importance of language in working with Latino families, and includes current census information about Latinos in America.
Minority Specializing Agency Directory (PDF – 156 KB)
AdoptUSKids has produced this directory to assist State and tribal child welfare agencies to expand their resources to improve safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes for children and youth, and to serve as a valuable resource for minority families who are searching for an agency that can assist them to foster or adopt.
Working With African American Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Families (PDF – 2.5 MB)
Provides tips for becoming more culturally competent and partnering more effectively with prospective and current African American foster, adoptive, and kinship families.
LGBTQ Supplement to the Diligent Recruitment Navigator (127 KB PDF)
This supplement to the Diligent Recruitment Navigator provides suggested discussion questions and key considerations to assist child welfare systems in strengthening their diligent recruitment plans and programs to meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in foster care and LGBTQ prospective foster and adoptive parents. This publication can be used as a companion to the full Diligent Recruitment Navigator or as a stand-alone tool as child welfare systems build their capacity for working with LGBTQ youth and adults.
Strategies for Recruiting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Families (PDF – 435 KB)
Provides an introduction to the topic of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) parents as resources in the child welfare system, followed by a discussion of strategies for recruiting and engaging LGBT families; developed collaboratively by the National Resource Center for Adoption, the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections, and the National Resource Center for Recruitment and Retention of Foster and Adoptive Parents at AdoptUSKids.
LGBT Foster and Adoptive Parenting (PDF – 188 KB)
Brief resource handout from the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections and AdoptUSKids provides a basic overview of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) foster and adoptive parenting issues, including research on LGBT parenting, laws and policies on LGBT foster and adoptive parenting and how agencies can better welcome, recruit and retain LGBT resource families.
Recruiting and Retaining LGBT Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Families: Sending a Welcoming Message (PDF – 216 KB)
Highlights the importance of using appropriate language and images to convey that your agency welcomes LGBT prospective parents in order to help improve recruitment and retention outcomes with LGBT individuals and offers specific suggestions for using welcoming, inclusive language as you work with LGBT prospective parents.
Talking with Experts on Engaging LGBT Families, Part 1: Creating a Welcoming Environment (PDF – 217 KB)
Offers ideas on ways agencies can help LGBT prospective parents feel welcome through inclusive messages, explicit policies, and community connections.
Talking with Experts on Engaging LGBT Families, Part 2: How Leaders Can Build Agency Competency (PDF – 215 KB): Offers suggestions on ways supervisors, program directors, and administrators can increase staff capacity for working appropriately and sensitively with LGBT prospective and current parents.
Talking with Experts on Engaging LGBT Families, Part 3: Important Conversations in Child Welfare (PDF – 215 KB)
Highlights important topics for child welfare professionals to discuss in order to help increase capacity to work with LGBT prospective and current parents.
Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care (PDF – 3.4 MB)
This technical assistance bulletin from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges 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.
Supporting Your LGBTQ Youth: A Guide for Foster Parents
This factsheet from Child Welfare Information Gateway helps foster parents learn about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth in the child welfare system, the unique risks they face, and the important role that foster parents can play in reducing those risks.
Los Angeles County Diligent Recruitment Grantee resources on LGBTQ youth
- Pre-training survey on understanding of LGBTQ youth needs (139 KB PDF)
- Post-training survey on understanding of LGBTQ youth needs (134 KB PDF)
Resource from the Capacity Building Center for States
- Focus area on LGBTQ youth and adults: includes publications, a video, and webinars
Partnering with Latino & Immigrant Families: Resources and Suggestions for Child Welfare Professionals (1.5 MB PDF): This 2015 publication by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Social Services is a supplement to the publication Treat Them Like Gold: A Best Practice Guide for Partnering with Resource Families, with specific information on working effectively with Latino and recent immigrant children and families.
LGBT-Headed Foster and Adoptive Families: Youth Perspectives
This free 90-minute webinar held on June 21, 2012:
- Highlighted research by AdoptUSKids on the perspectives of youth adopted from the foster care system by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) parents;
- Shared helpful youth perspectives, practice tips, and resources on LGBT
parents from the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections.
Engaging Community Stakeholders: Strategies for Effective Recruitment of Foster and Adoptive Families
This free 90-minute webinar held on July 20, 2011, focused on the importance of partnering with community stakeholders to recruit foster and adoptive families for children and youth in foster care. It highlighted creative strategies several of the Children’s Bureau’s 2008 Diligent Recruitment Grantees are using to do this by:
- 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.
Resources for Working with People with Disabilities
- Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - State Councils on Disabilities conduct advocacy, systems change, and capacity-building efforts that promote self-determination, integration, and inclusion.
- National Council on Disability is an independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities.
- Also see resources for families with disabilities on the AdoptUSKids website.
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