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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

August E-Notes: Strategies for Working with Community Organizations

Most child welfare agencies recognize that partnerships with community organizations are essential to providing for the permanency, safety, and well-being of children and youth in foster care. These relationships are also critical to finding and supporting kinship, foster, and adoptive families. The August issue of E-Notes highlights resources to help build community partnerships.

July E-Notes: Supporting Families after Placement

The support that kin, foster, and adoptive parents receive from their agencies influences their ability to meet the needs of the children and youth in their care, and it can also have an impact on the success that their agency has in maintaining the needed pool of foster and adoptive families. July’s issue of E-Notes highlights resources to assist agencies in meeting the needs of their caregiving families.

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Information on the National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE)

Children needing placements across state borders may see shorter wait times and states may realize cost reductions if a new pilot Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) project is successful. The Interstate Compact System (ICS) in Florida has significantly shortened processing times and reduced administrative costs for the state. It is anticipated that NEICE, once fully tested and implemented, will replicate those accomplishments for participating states. Implementation is scheduled for summer 2014, with states piloting the system through February 2015.

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