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Our mission is to assist 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. We provide free technical assistance, publications, and other support to help you recruit, support and develop foster, adoptive and kinship families.

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  • Build data-driven recruitment and retention plans
  • Develop and implement comprehensive diligent recruitment plans and programs
  • Improve retention of foster, adoptive, and kinship families
  • Learn about effective recruitment and retention practices from your peers
  • Partner with community stakeholders to strengthen your recruitment and retention efforts

News and Announcements

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White House announces new steps to support foster youth

Building financial security, creating pathways to employment, and supporting educational success for foster youth are among the goals of initiatives recently announced by the White House.

December E-Notes: Sibling adoptions and foster placements

With the support of research on sibling ties, many child welfare systems have taken steps to strengthen their policies and practices regarding sibling relationships. Find resources for supporting sibling connections and placements in this month's E-Notes.

New resources to support National Adoption Month’s sibling theme

We have developed three brief publications to support this year’s National Adoption Month theme, “Promoting and Supporting Sibling Connections.” Find the following publications on our targeted recruitment resource page: "Engaging, Developing, and Supporting Prospective Families for Sibling Groups"; "Practice Principles and Seven-Step Process for Sibling Recruitment"; and "10 Realities of Sibling Adoption."

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