2010 Diligent Recruitment Grant Final Report. Step Up! Diligent Recruitment Project. (Includes appendices)
87, 65 p.
This report describes the activities and accomplishments of a federally funded program in New Mexico to recruit resource families who reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of children in care, address the absence of concurrent planning for children in care who are over the age of three years, and improve the retention of resource families. The 5-year Step Up! Diligent Recruitment project was funded for fiscal year 2011 through 2015 and was designed as a multi-faceted, grass-roots recruitment strategy featuring an innovative approach to recruit and retain resource families who reflect the ethnic and racial diversity of children in care who need resource homes. Additionally, the project developed individualized Family Retention Plans modified during the grant and replaced by Family Registration Forms; used interactive communication mechanisms (e.g., texting, etc.), annual foster care and adoption celebration picnics and other means (e.g., exploring the effectiveness of using social media, etc.) to keep prospective resource parents engaged; developed and implemented strategies to improve customer service methods and strengthen concurrent planning practices, including creating models and curricula on customer service and concurrent planning; and worked with New Mexico’s Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) staff to create county-specific, data-driven targeted recruitment plans, as part of modifications to the model over the course of the project. Information is provided on key components of the program, project goals and objectives, key activities, collaboration, sustainability, and evaluation. It concludes the CYFD did not meet its overarching goals for increasing the pool of resource families and affecting permanency and placement outcomes, due to a variety of factors, however, CYFD did meet most of the specific goals and objectives related to project components. Recommendations for future programs are made.
foster adolescents; foster children; children with disabilities; New Mexico; CHILD-SPECIFIC RECRUITMENT; interagency collaboration; promising practices; MINORITY RECRUITMENT; FOSTER FAMILIES; OUTREACH