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Our work 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.

We Can Help You
  • 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

National Foster Care Month: Honoring, Uniting, and Celebrating Families

May is National Foster Care Month! The Children's Bureau's National Foster Care Month website provides free resources focused on reunification for child welfare professionals, youth, birth parents, foster parents, caregivers, communities, and tribes. The NRCDR has also compiled ideas and strategies to help child welfare systems recruit, develop, and support foster parents who can support reunification.

April E-Notes: Get Ready for May and June

This issue of E-Notes has information to help you prepare for National Foster Care Month in May and National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month in June.

March E-Notes: Working with Kinship Caregivers

Kinship caregivers are a preferred and increasingly sought placement option for children entering foster care. This issue of E-Notes provides ideas and tools for working with kinship caregivers.

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