Practice Guide

Casey Family Services, the Foundation's former direct services agency, wanted to expand their capacity to recruit and prepare foster and adoptive parents, with the ultimate goal of achieving timely permanence for all children and youth. The "Families Like Yours" Recruitment Initiative was an agency-wide effort to meet this challenge head-on through recruitment and cultivation practices that reduce barriers for potential foster parents. Crucial to launching this initiative was an integrated marketing and media campaign that focused on a strategic mix of general, targeted and child-specific recruitment activities. By identifying the challenge and goal, this document presents components of the overall plan to serve the permanency needs of children and youth referred to Casey.


Recruitment Targets

Recruitment Goals and Tasks

Recruitment Goals and Tasks - Sample

January 1, 2012

Lifelong Families Series

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    The evolving roles of foster parents, what makes a good foster parent, and why we need more of them.

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    Barriers to fostering and adoption.

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    How awareness and cultivation have been particularly successful recruitment efforts.

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    9 strategies of the overall campaign to engage and recruit potential foster parents.

Key Takeaway

Relations with and expectations of foster parents have changed

Campaign messages include new opportunities for people to parent children in foster care. Recruitment activities are based on data-driven solutions. The initiative relied on a broad-based media campaign, community partnerships, collaboration with foster and adoptive parents and youth, and internet-based technologies. 

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations