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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

New webinar: Bringing Your Diligent Recruitment Plan to Life

This webinar emphasizes the benefits of implementing an active, comprehensive diligent recruitment program and provides ideas for building a diligent recruitment program in your child welfare system.

August E-Notes: Supporting families from the start

This issue of E-Notes highlights program examples and provides resources to strengthen systemic approaches to supporting families from the start and throughout the process.

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Treatment options for youth who have experienced trauma

A new Children’s Bureau resource, Supporting Youth in Foster Care in Making Healthy Choices: A Guide for Caregivers and Caseworkers on Trauma, Treatment, and Psychotropic Medications, contains information for caregivers and caseworkers about identifying appropriate mental health treatment.

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