Building Successful Resource Families Practice Guide

A Guide for Public Agencies

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

February 6, 2012


Finding and keeping high-quality adoptive, kinship and foster families, known as resource families, has been a common struggle. The goal of this resource guide is to leverage Casey’s 20 years of experience and encourage the use of child welfare best practices in working with adoptive, kinship and foster care families.

More information, including forms and strategic plans, can be found through the guide's appendices.  

Table of Contents

Key Takeaway

Resource families play a critical support role in any child welfare system

A good match means that a child is more likely to fit into a family and neither the child nor the family will have to experience the trauma of disruption. A child’s first placement could become his permanent placement.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations