Tracking and analyzing your data on prospective and current families can help you develop and sustain effective efforts to develop and support foster, adoptive, and kinship families.
As you review your family data, consider the following questions:
- How often do we currently review and analyze our data and update our profile of current pool of available foster and adoptive placement resources? How often should we do these reviews and analyses in the future?
- How do we assess whether there is a disparity between the needs and characteristics of children, youth, and the pool of available families who are prepared to meet those needs?
- How should we use our data on the characteristics of children and youth in care to continually inform our prospective foster and adoptive parent training curricula, requirements, areas of focus, etc.?
- How do we assess the quality of our training and preparation for prospective foster and adoptive parents? How do we ensure that our training and preparation is providing the information parents will need in order to care for the children placed with them (e.g., information on trauma and trauma-informed care, strategies for addressing attachment issues, etc.)
- What do we know about retention of prospective or current parents and why they either stay or leave? What do we do with the information about family retention or lack of retention?
- How will our agency know if we are reducing our dropout rates for families? Do we know what our current dropout rate is?
- What does our current and trend data tell us about feedback from prospective, current, and former foster parents’ satisfaction data, length of placement for each family, number of child-specific placements such as kinship families, whether families over-placed, and other key factors?
- What data do we need in order to have a clear understanding of any linguistic barriers that prospective and current foster and adoptive families face in working with our agency?
- What procedures do we need to use in order to ensure that our data on retention and drop-out rates informs our work and guides ongoing improvements in our policies and practices?
Our Diligent Recruitment Navigator can help your child welfare system explore key questions about:
- What your system’s recruitment, development, and support needs are,
- How to use your data to guide your work, and
- What processes you should have in place for using data and CQI approaches in recruitment, development, and support.
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