Me and my shadow : final report.
21, 6, 7 p.
Published: December 20, 2005
Available from: Child Welfare Information Gateway
Administration on Children, Youth, and Families Children's Bureau, 3rd Floor 330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20201
Tel: 800.394.3366 703.385.7565
Sponsoring Organization: Children's Bureau
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The Me and My Shadow (MMS) Project was a three year demonstration grant to increase adoptive placement of Hispanic children. Emphasis was on the recruitment, retention, and utilization of Hispanic adoptive families. The project targeted permanency resources for Hispanic children over the age of ten or in sibling groups. Mentoring was the innovative strategy implemented as a bridge to permanency using a comprehensive community-based recruitment, training and technical assistance paradigm to help retain the resources developed. The Colorado geographic area included the Denver Metropolitan Area as well as El Paso, Larimer, Pueblo, and Weld Counties to serve Colorado?s waiting Hispanic and other children and adolescents. Two primary objectives for the MMS Project were outlined in the original application that was submitted for funding and those objectives were: 1. Institute a strong Mentor program to increase available adoptive family resources for waiting Hispanic children over the age of ten including sibling groups. 2. Produce a community-based recruitment model centered on a Mentor approach. The strategies employed to reach the goal include using Mentorship as a bridge to permanency with community-based recruitment, training and technical assistance to support and retain resources for Colorado?s waiting children. There is definitely more community awareness and buy-in as a result of the project. Outreach to the target communities involved sharing the project with many diverse groups and organizations including county departments of human services, charitable foundations, Hispanic community groups, religious groups, schools, service clubs and others. The project was introduced to forty-eight Hispanic and other community events both in Denver and in Pueblo and resulted in two-hundred and sixteen inquiries. Outreach efforts also included print, radio and cinema promotional advertising as well as complementary promotional items as a method to introduce the project, achieve community support and a vehicle for recruiting adoptive and Mentor family resources in a wide variety of venues. A cost analysis of the various components of the outreach efforts has been included in the report. In addition project informational flyers and brochures were developed and distributed widely. A total of 104 Mentees were referred, ninety were interviewed and accepted and of those fifty were matched. Seventy-one potential Mentors expressed interest in the program. Of that group fifty-seven received Mentor training and fifty were matched with a Mentee. In the three year period (10/01/1999 to 09/30/2002), prior to the Federal funding of the MMS Project, Loving Homes, Inc.(LH) achieved 23 special needs adoptive placements and of those 9 were Hispanic children. During the MMS Project (10/01/2002 and 09/30/2005), LH. increased the number of adoptive placements to 50 special needs adoptive placements. Of the 50 special needs adoptive placements achieved, 20 were Hispanic children or adolescents, 16 were Caucasian children or adolescents, and 8 were African American children or adolescents. (Author abstract)
Adoption; latinos; african americans; colorado; mentor programs