The National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment assists states, tribes, and territories in developing and implementing comprehensive, multi-faceted diligent recruitment programs in order to achieve improved outcomes, including permanency and placement stability for children and youth in foster care.
Our free technical assistance (TA) can help you recruit and retain a sufficient, diverse pool of foster, adoptive, and kinship parents for the children and youth in your foster care system. For example, we can help you:
- Understand your data about the children and youth in foster care and the families you need to recruit
- Develop a mix of general, targeted, and child-specific recruitment strategies
- Apply lessons learned from Diligent Recruitment grantees to help you improve placement stability and permanency outcomes
- Develop strategies to partner with community groups and stakeholders in the communities from which children and youth enter foster care
- Develop targeted recruitment, development, and support strategies to recruit and retain specific populations of parents
- Develop integrated diligent recruitment and family support strategies to help you develop and sustain a pool of families that can meet the needs of children and youth in foster care
- Use the Diligent Recruitment Navigator to guide your process of developing and implementing a comprehensive, multifaceted diligent recruitment plan and program
Array of Services Available
We recognize that each child welfare agency has unique needs—we can tailor our support to meet your needs and level of desired assistance. Our technical assistance services are not one-size-fits-all; we can partner with you to determine the type and amount of technical assistance that will best meet your agency's needs, taking into consideration important factors such as your time and resources and the scope of the work.Whether you’re interested in a one-time call to strategize and get new ideas on diligent recruitment or intensive, longer-term tailored support on your diligent recruitment efforts, we’re here to help. For example, we can provide:
- Brief off-site support in response to your questions about materials, publications, or promising practices and programs in other child welfare systems
- Coaching and barrier-busting phone calls to help you strategize about ways to improve permanency and placement stability for children in foster care
- Tailored on-site technical assistance related to recruiting, developing, and supporting families
- Peer-to-peer connections with staff from other child welfare systems working on similar issues
Find out more about other NRCDR resources and additional services we provide to support your work.
Request Our Training and Technical Assistance
If you are a public agency, you can access our free consulting, training, and technical assistance services. Discuss your needs directly with the National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment at AdoptUSKids by contacting Tracy Serdjenian, Interim Project Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Approach to TA
Many child welfare systems struggle to achieve placement stability and permanency for children and youth in foster care. Our technical assistance for states, tribes, and territories helps with developing strategies for recruiting and retaining a sufficient pool of foster, adoptive, and kinship families that will make it possible to keep children and youth in stable placements and provide permanency. This work often involves:
- Taking an intensive look at the recruitment process from initial contact to licensure or home study to placement
- Identifying for which groups of children and youth the agency struggles the most to find stable placements and permanency
- Integrating good customer service principles into an agency’s work with families from their initial contact with the agency through to after placement
- Developing strategies for strengthening and sustaining an agency’s family engagement, retention, development, and support efforts
- Strengthening an agency’s response system to coordinate with its recruitment efforts
- Exploring model programs for foster, adoptive, and kinship family engagement, development, and support that would work for the child welfare system
- Developing strategies for partnering with community groups and stakeholders in the communities from which children and youth enter foster care to develop effective recruitment and retention strategies
We believe that TA and system change efforts are most effective when it includes building strong relationships, providing tailored approaches and forms of support to meet the unique needs of each child welfare system, and understanding the context of each child welfare system. Our lead consultants will work with you to develop a tailored approach to helping you address your recruitment and retention needs.