Family Recruitment and Retention

African hair has always had specific political and cultural meaning. “The braids on black people’s heads in pre-colonial Africa were like very detailed ID cards. They showed everything from tribal affiliations to how much wealth a person had,”

My Life in Foster Care

Twenty years ago, I entered the foster care system and stayed in a group home for ten years because my parents, who were heroin addicts, were unable to care for me. I felt institutionalized, alone, and longed for my own family.

Unconditional Commitment

We have to stop accepting that teenagers in particular are not worthy of permanency. We have to continue to recruit only unconditionally committed permanent families for every teen in our care who will be discharged to no one.

Building Successful Resource Families

Across the country, child welfare systems suffer from a lack of suitable resource families due to inappropriate recruiting and inadequate support. Resource families play a critical support role in any child welfare system, although many agencies fail to give them the respect, support and attention they deserve.

20 Responsibilities of the Culturally Competent Adoptive Parent

Drifting Into Adoption

A child can live in a foster home for years and never touch the issues deep down inside, as long as that child can hold on to the belief that some day he or she is going back to their birth family.

Foster Parent in America BY SARAH GERSTENZANG, MSW

Foster Parent Training in America

Prospective parents choose to foster because
they find pleasure in parenting and they want to improve a child’s life. Appropriate training will help retain foster parents and enable them to do a better job for the children in their care.

Foster Parent Foster Parent A Strengths/Needs Checklist Development Development and Support

Maintaining Foster Parents

Most people who want to foster or adopt children don’t begin with the skills essential to care for children who have been neglected and physically and sexually abused. These skills must be developed. And foster and adoptive parents aren’t clients who receive services but rather, resource families who need and deserve a comprehensive array of system supports.

Why are foster parents leaving?

Why Foster Parents are Leaving?

What Foster Parents Want Their Agencies to Know: “A startling statistic: Almost half of foster parents quit within a year of their first placement. Twenty to 25 percent of foster parents quit each year and another quarter express uncertainty about continuing.” — Casey Foster Family Assessment Training Workbook

“Treat Them Like Gold” – A Best Practice Guide

Why should we treat foster, adoptive, and kinship families like gold? Because without them, life is harder for the families and children we serve, for individual workers, and for our agencies. Without them, we have a much more difficult time keeping siblings together and placing children in their communities. In truth, good foster, adoptive, and kinship families are worth more than gold—they’re priceless.