Diligent Recruitment Grantees
Recognizing the need to find families, especially those for older youth, who reflect the ethnic and racial diversity of children and youth needing permanency, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau awarded eight cooperative agreements in 2008, seven in 2010, and seven in 2013 through the Adoption Opportunities program. Each of the diligent recruitment projects is funded for a period of five years. The Children’s Bureau has ongoing, direct involvement with each of the current grantees, both individually and as two (2010 and 2013) clusters, and the NRCDR provides support and technical assistance to them.
Child welfare agencies can benefit from these early lessons learned and gain new ideas to:
- Improve Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSR) outcomes;
- Enhance and enrich recruitment efforts, including those related to the Multiethnic Placement Act (MEPA);
- Develop comprehensive, multi-faceted diligent recruitment approaches.
For more information about the requirements for diligent recruitment projects, read the full funding announcements for 2010 and 2013. Additional information about the children and youth in foster care can be found in the most recent adoption and foster care statistics from the Children’s Bureau.