Practical strategies for finding and keeping kinship, foster, and adoptive homes


Why do we need to revitalize recruitment?

Foster parents are healing agents for youth placed in care. Local social services districts and voluntary agencies direct substantial resources towards finding and keeping qualified kinship, foster and adoptive homes. Historically, recruitment has been focused on developing a pool of foster and adoptive parents who have not had previous connections to the child in their care. Now, practice and policy have evolved to prioritize placing children with kin. There continue to be unique challenges and opportunities in recruitment of relative and non-relative foster and adoptive parents, such as finding homes where siblings can be kept together, homes for older youth, and homes for children with complex physical and emotional needs. This resource, Revitalizing Recruitment, is intended to be used by local districts and voluntary agencies to help meet their recruitment challenges.

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See What's New for 2018

We reorganized our website for easy access to our fresh, updated recruitment and retention resources. Look for the 'NEW' icon to check out our cutting edge best practices and real-life examples of innovative strategies in action. There are also new topics, including:

  • Growing opportunities in kinship care
  • The impact of grief and loss on foster parents
  • Alternatives to becoming a foster parent, and
  • More local stories from counties and agencies throughout New York State


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what's newDriving Recruitment with Data

what's newKin-First Recruitment

what's newTargeted vs. General Recruitment

Child-Focused Recruitment

what's newHard-to-Find Homes

what's newCustomer Service for Retention and Support

what's newSocial Media: A New Way to Communicate