Family support is an integral part of diligent recruitment.
Efforts to recruit, develop, and support resource families are interconnected from families’ perspectives and should be connected in how a child welfare system works.
Prospective families want to feel confident that your system will help them be prepared to meet the diverse needs of children and youth in foster care. Current foster, adoptive, and kinship families who feel supported by your system can be important allies in recruitment, help prospective parents learn more about caring for or adopting children in foster care, and provide prospective families with a support network.
Support Matters highlights successful family-support efforts of 31 programs throughout the country.
In the new AdoptUSKids publication, Support Matters: Lessons from the Field on Services for Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Care Families (2 MB PDF),state and tribal child welfare managers and administrators and staff of family support organizations will find:
- Information about how promising support services can help with both recruitment and support of adoptive, foster, and kinship care families, including information on 17 evidence-based or evidence-informed therapeutic services and techniques
- Data about the value of support services for children, families, and administrators
- Tools and guidance administrators can use to assess the needs of adoptive, foster, and kinship care families in their communities
- Information gathered from research and from leaders in the field about implementing support services, including forming public/private partnerships, accessing funding, assessing a program’s ability to engage families, and evaluating how services make a difference
Support Matters excerpts
- Chapter One: The Importance of Family Support Services in Adoption, Foster Care, and Kinship Care (237 KB PDF)
- Chapter Two: Assessing the Needs of Children and Youth in Adoption, Foster Care, and Kinship Care and Their Families (568 KB PDF)
- Chapter Three: Support Services for Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Care Families (1 KB PDF)
Types and characteristics of support services; 31 program profiles; 17 therapeutic and skills-based programs
- Chapter Four: Partnering with Community-Based Organizations to Provide Support Services (397 MB PDF)
- Chapter Five: Key Considerations in Implementation of Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Care Support Services (447 KB PDF)
Planning and implementing your program; reaching families; addressing barriers; and funding support services
- References (102 KB PDF)
Tools and resources
- Tool: “Assessing Families’ Need for Support in Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Placements” (222 KB PDF)
- Tool: “Assessing Agency or Organizational Capacity to Engage Families in Support Services” (106 KB PDF)
- Webinar: Support Matters: Strategies for Implementing Family Support Services
- Tip sheets:
Featured program profiles
Below are links to a sample of some of the programs featured in Support Matters; these selected profiles give you a sense of the types of program profiles and the information shared in the publication.
- Adoption Support and Preservation
- Alabama Pre-/Post-Adoption Connections
- Child Wellbeing Project
- Children’s Trauma Assessment Center
- Fostering Healthy Futures
- Illinois Adoption/Guardianship Preservation
- Kennedy Krieger Institute Therapeutic Foster Care
- Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association
- Mockingbird Society
- Native American Youth and Family Center
- Placer County
- A Second Chance
- Seminole Nation
- UCLA TIES
- Yakama Nation Kinship Program
Contact us to find out how to use this resource in your work.