A comprehensive, multi-faceted diligent recruitment approach involves:
- Procedures for consistently updating the characteristics of children and youth in care utilizing information and analysis of AFCARS data and other data available to the State, region, or county;
- Procedures for ongoing analysis of the current pool of available foster and adoptive placement resources.
Review Data on Prospective Parents to Identify Strengths and Drop-Out Points
Tracking data on the prospective parents you recruit can help you determine:
- Which recruitment strategies and venues are the most effective at bringing in prospective parents who reflect the population of children and youth in foster care in your child welfare system;
- Whether certain populations of prospective parents (e.g., single parents, parents from specific communities, etc.) drop out of the licensing or approval process at common points in the process.
Use Geographic Data
Using a map of the area you agency serves (neighborhood, district, city, county, etc.), mark the locations where recruitment and orientation events have been held in the past year, using one color to indicate recruitment events and a different color to indicate orientation sessions. Do any patterns emerge? Are there areas your agency isn’t reaching? Learn more about using geographic information systems as part of recruitment from Tips, Tools, and Trends: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Market Segmentation (PDF – 354 KB).
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