2000 Jordan Institute
4, No. 3
Assessing Your Agency's Foster Parent Recruitment Needs
Because children in different counties have different needs, your agency might want to consider conducting an assessment designed to focus your foster parent recruitment efforts in the most needed areas. The Child Welfare League of America recommends the following variables be included in an assessment:
Once you determine your needs, involve the local community "in developing and implementing a comprehensive, culturally responsive, community-based, strategic recruitment plan" (Pasztor & Wynne).
The plan should include public awareness and education, positive themes and messages, specific strategies (such as notices in congregational and community newsletters, display ads in the phone book, and collaboration with your foster parent association), and targeted campaigns, depending on the needs of your agency's kids.
The final step is to develop a positive and well-organized system for responding to calls and contacts from people interested in becoming foster parents.
Pasztor, E. & Wynne, S. (1995). Foster parent retention and recruitment. Washington, DC: Child Welfare League of America.
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