Recruitment, Training, and Support: The Essential Tools of Foster Care

Family to Family Tools for Rebuilding Foster Care

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

July 18, 2001

Summary

Family to Family was designed by Casey in 1992 as a way to put the needs of families and children first in foster care placement. Using changes in policy, in resources and in program implementation, family foster care transformed necessary out-of-home placement using a team approach. The initiative showed it can be less expensive and often a more appropriate choice than institutions or other group settings. This practice guide provides basic lessons in adopting and implementing family foster care ideals through the recruitment, training, support and retention of the foster care families. 

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Key Takeaway

Casey’s guiding principles for family-centered foster care puts families and kids first

In keeping with the Casey Foundation’s guiding principles, the framework for Family to Family is grounded in the belief that family foster care must take a more family-centered approach that is: (1) tailored to the individual needs of children and their families; (2) rooted in the child s community or neighborhood; (3) sensitive to cultural differences and (4) able to serve many of the children now placed in group homes and institutions.

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