Two new resources are available to support state, tribal, and local child welfare agencies in improving child safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes. They were developed as part of the Technical Assistance on Evaluation for Children’s Bureau Discretionary Grant Programs project.
To ensure permanent homes for children in foster care, child welfare agencies need a pool of skilled and effective foster and adoptive parents. Diligent recruitment is the process of recruiting, retaining, and supporting foster parents—also known as resource parents—who reflect the diversity of children who need placements. This paper draws on research and the experience of Children’s Bureau grantees to help improve diligent recruitment practices and services to resource families. It presents child welfare programs with solutions to common challenges, identifies lessons learned during implementation, and offers suggestions for improvement.
This tip sheet is designed to support state and local stakeholders in developing an evaluation plan for a child welfare intervention. It may be useful for states developing title IV-E prevention services plans under the Family First Prevention Services Act, Children’s Bureau discretionary grantees, service providers, foundations, nonprofit organizations, researchers, evaluators, and others.