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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.

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

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."

November E-Notes: Celebrating National Adoption Month

This year's National Adoption Month theme, “Promoting and Supporting Sibling Connections,” emphasizes the critical role sibling relationships play in helping to achieve permanency and create well-being for children in care.

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Number of U.S. kids in foster care up after long dip

The annual report from the Department of Health and Human Services tallied 402,378 children in the foster care system as of September 30, 2013, up from about 397,000 a year earlier, but still down dramatically from a decade earlier.

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