National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment

Free Recruitment and Retention Resources


These free resources are developed and gathered by a diverse team of child welfare professionals working with the National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment at AdoptUSKids.

Our free resources will help your agency:

  • Develop a diverse pool of foster and adoptive families
  • Facilitate interstate and interjurisdictional placements
  • Enhance your retention efforts through good customer service principles and tools

What is Diligent Recruitment?

To learn more about diligent recruitment, read our tip sheet What is Diligent Recruitment? (PDF - 164 KB). The tip sheet provides a list of elements to include in a comprehensive, multi-faceted diligent recruitment plan and program.

How to Recruit Foster and Adoptive Families

Learn about emerging best practices from the field in how to find foster, adoptive, and kinship families.

Strategies to Retain Foster and Adoptive Families

Find out about great strategies and real world examples to help you keep foster, adoptive, and kinship families engaged.

Quick Tips and Tools for Recruitment and Retention

Browse our recruitment and retention tips and tools designed for busy child welfare professionals like you.

Resource Guides and Curricula for Child Welfare Staff

Get in-depth information on key topics in recruiting and retaining foster and adoptive families.

Information on Interstate Compacts

Get information about the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) and Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance (ICAMA).

Resources for Interjurisdictional Placements

Use our services and tools designed to help you embrace interjurisdictional placements as a great option for achieving permanency, demystify the process, and supporting your efforts in working across jurisdictional boundaries.

Order Our Free Resource Guides

We have select versions of our resources availalbe for free in hard copy format. To order yourself or your agency a copy, use this form.

Webinars on Recruitment and Retention

Find out about our upcoming and archived webinars for child welfare professionals on recruitment and retention strategies.

Meeting Diligent Recruitment Requirements

Learn ways to meet federal diligent recruitment requirements through programs and products being developed by the Children’s Bureau’s’ Diligent Recruitment grantees.

State Adoption and Foster Care Information

Read what your state (and others) are telling families about the foster care and adoption process in their state.

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