Michigan State Department of Human Services Priority Area: Diligent Recruitment, PRES Evaluation Semi-Annual Report; Reporting Period 10/1/2011 to 3/31/2012.
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This semi-annual report describes the activities and accomplishments of a 5-year federally funded program designed to increase permanency for foster children in Michigan. It covers the time period October 1, 2011 through March 31, 2012, and focuses on the activities of the Inter-Agency Community Adoption/Foster Family Recruitment Exchange (I-CARE 365). Major activities and accomplishments during this time period include: Project Representatives conducted 13 general and targeted recruitment events, of which five were through faith-based partnerships; aa result of the recruitment efforts that the I-CARE 365 project conducted, 2,500 individuals were reached and 29 individuals expressed an interest in becoming foster or adoptive parents; the Service Integration/Coordination Sub-Committee is in the process of developing an integrated model of planning using Michigan Department of Human Services Child Welfare Practice Model, known as MiTEAM; and the Project Team determined that the training strategies used to prepare individuals for successful parenting of children/youth included in the target audience will be based on information resulting from the Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED- Waiver) Focus Groups. The report closes with a status report of the evaluation process and a discussion of the barriers the program has face and lessons learned. 8 references.
Michigan; Recruitment; Partnerships; Foster parent recruitment; Foster parent retention; Foster parents; Evaluation; child welfare training; child welfare workers