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Placement Stability and Permanency

Child-Specific Recruitment


Child-specific recruitment strategies help recruit foster, adoptive, and kinship families for specific children and youth in foster care. These strategies begin with a comprehensive child assessment and preparation process. Every effort should be made to involve the child as developmentally appropriate.

To build this solid foundation in transitioning a child from foster care to adoption, we recommend you use the National Resource Center for Adoption’s Adoption Competency Curriculum (now housed on the Spaulding for Children site. This curriculum focuses on some of the common issues and challenges that occur, and emphasizes the roles of child welfare practitioners, foster and adoptive parents, and relatives.

Finding a Fit that Will Last a Lifetime: A Guide to Connecting Adoptive Families With Waiting Children (PDF – 402 KB) / En Español (PDF – 280 KB)
Helps build skills to match waiting children and youth with adoptive families by sharing what families, youth, caseworkers, and researchers have learned to be the most effective ways of bringing waiting children and families together.

Encouraging Your Staff to Use Photolistings in New Ways (PDF – 619 KB)
A tip sheet for child welfare agency leaders and managers on how to encourage staff to use AUSK photolistings actively and in new ways to search for families for children and youth on their caseload.

Featuring Photolisted Children—Selecting Children and Preparing Your Agency’s Response (PDF – 162 KB)
A tip sheet with ideas for strategies for selecting photolisted children and youth to feature through social media and tips for how to prepare your agency to respond effectively to prospective parents when they inquire about featured children and youth.

The search for families tool (registration required) within the AdoptUSKids photolisting lets you find approved families who might be a good match for a specific child, based on their characteristics and needs.

AdoptUSKids provides tips and guidance for writing children's narratives for use on photolistings and other features on children waiting to be adopted.

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