Permanent Families and Lasting Connections Recruitment Project: Federal Fiscal Years 2010-2016: Final Report / Clark County Department of Family Services.
Clark County (Nev.) Department of Family Services.
This final report describes the activities and accomplishments of a 6-year federally funded project designed to assist the Clark County Department in increasing the number of foster and adoptive homes in Clark County, Nevada, increasing the level of support afforded to licensed foster homes and relative caregivers throughout the process, and increasing the number of children who reach permanency through adoption. The Permanent Families and Lasting Connections Recruitment Project focused on family finding, child-specific, and targeted recruitment strategies along with retention efforts for children within the targeted areas of special needs, large sibling groups, and older children in care. Information is provided on the needs of foster children, the project model, key components of the program, project goals and objectives, key activities, collaboration, sustainability, and evaluation. Program evaluation findings indicate timeliness to adoption improved significantly and steadily at the county-level. The percentage of children adopted within 12 months of becoming legally free for adoption rose well above the national standard of 54% to reach 74% in 2014. Forty percent of the 408 children served using the Child-Specific Adoption Recruitment (CSAR) protocol (developed as part of the project) were adopted by the end of the study period. Compared to national standards on timeliness to adoption, the CSAR protocol was effective in moving children to permanency at similar rates as traditional methods. Recommendations for future programs are made.
adoption; adoptive families; permanency; foster adolescents; foster children; CHILD-SPECIFIC RECRUITMENT; promising practices; OUTREACH; Nevada; siblings; children with disabilities; OLDER CHILD PLACEMENT; OLDER CHILDREN