Recruitment and Retention of African American Resource Families: Ohio's Promising Practices.
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Ohio Adoption Services Section. Hornby Zeller Associates.
State Resource Technical Report
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Published: February 2006
Ohio Office for Children and Families
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Columbus, OH 43219
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This report is intended to identify promising practices among the larger Public ChildrenServices Agencies (PCSAs) in Ohio around the recruitment and retention of African American resource parents. The study began with these two sets of questions: (1) What strategies do PCSAs use to recruit African American families? Are these strategies different from those used to recruit families of other races? Why? How are the strategies different? and (2) How do PCSAs retain African American families? Are different approaches used with these families as compared with families of other races? Why? How are the approaches different? This report arose over concerns that Ohio is not meeting the requirements of the Multi-ethnic Placement Act (MEPA). MEPA requires states to maintain a pool of adoptive parents who are similar in race and ethnicity to the children to be adopted. This report explores the strategies those PCSAs which have the best records in complying with this aspect of the law (as measured at the end of federal fiscal year 2005) use to develop and maintain their pools of adoptive parents. (Author abstract)
promising practices; adoption; recruitment; adoptive parent retention; african americans; minority adoption; ohio