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Resources to Help You Celebrate National Adoption Month

10/30/2011

This year’s National Adoption Month campaign is built around five themes with tips and resources you can use before and after November to benefit children all year long who are waiting for families.

 

Build Capacity to Make Lasting Change

Use the resources below to honor National Adoption Month all year long.

In addition to using the resources listed above:

 

Don’t work in child welfare but still want to help?

There are several ways you can contribute to this cause whether you’re part of the media, a prospective family, or a concerned citizen. Join the conversation

National Adoption Month is a coordinated effort between AdoptUSKids and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau and the Child Welfare Information Gateway.

 

Support and Retain Families

 
  • Today: Post FAQs and test links on your agency's website. Ensure families have access to the information they need about the adoption process.
     
  • This Week: Review resources on family search and engagement compiled by the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections.
     
  • This Month: Use the assessment tool Is Your Response System Family Friendly? (PDF - 234 KB) from the National Resource Center for Recruitment and Retention of Foster and Adoptive Parents at AdoptUSKids.
 

Diligently Recruit

 
  • Today: Review our free resources from the National Resource Center for Recruitment and Retention of Foster and Adoptive Parents at AdoptUSKids highlighting ideas for diligent recruitment.
     
  • This Week: Review data on the number and characteristics of children waiting in your agency, and then compare it with data on the race and ethnicity of the general population in your area to identify over-represented groups for targeting your recruitment efforts.
     
  • This Month: Read this overview of the market segmentation process (PDF - 336 KB) to learn how to target recruitment efforts by reaching out to communities that reflect the children in foster care.
 

Work With Diverse Populations

 
  • Today: Review the photos on your agency's website and in your outreach material. Do they reflect the diversity of families the agency is hoping to recruit?
     
  • This Week: Use the tip sheet Moving Toward Cultural Competence: Key Considerations to Explore (PDF - 227 KB) from the National Resource Center for Recruitment and Retention of Foster and Adoptive Parents at AdoptUSKids to get examples on how to have staff assess and discuss ways to strengthen their their cultural competence.
     
  • This Month: Find organizations and identify resources that provide information about working with diverse communities. Partner with them to help in recruitment.
 

Proactively Find Families

 
  • Today: Set a time each week to discuss case file mining procedures. For examples on how to do this, see our list of child-specific recruitment strategies.
     
  • This Week: Explore the value of doing good child assessment and prepration by using the Child and Youth Assessment and Preparation Module (PDF - 1.9 MB) from the National Resource Center for Adoption.
     
  • This Month: Get creative! Show clips from AdoptUSKids' video The Road to Adoption and Foster Care (Flash - 1:45 hr.) at staff meetings. Talk about how your agency can improve permanency efforts.
 

Facilitate Interjurisdictional Placements

 

National Adoption Month is a coordinated effort between AdoptUSKids and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau and the Child Welfare Information Gateway.

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