National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment

Quick Tips and Tools for
Recruitment and Retention


These tip sheets and toolkits were designed with the busy child welfare professional in mind by the National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment at AdoptUSKids.

You can download the resources below or order printed copies.  Printed copies are free of charge for both public and private agencies.

For more in-depth recruitment and retention materials, browse our resource guides and curricula for child welfare staff.

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Diligent Recruitment Tools


These resources will help you develop and implement comprehensive, multi-faceted diligent recruitment plans and programs.

  • What is Diligent Recruitment? (PDF – 164 KB): Provides the list of elements to include in a comprehensive, multi-faceted diligent recruitment plan and program

Using Social Media in Recruitment and Retention


These resources can help you decide if your agency is ready to use social media as a tool for recruiting and retaining families, and which networks you might consider using.

Click on this image to see the full flow chart of which social media networks your agency should use to reach families.

Twitter for Child Welfare Professionals

Facebook for Child Welfare Professionals


General Recruitment Tools


Learn how to build public interest and awareness of the need for foster and adoptive parents for children in care.

2013 National Adoption Month Publications


Family Retention Tools


Find ideas for keeping prospective and current parents engaged and supported.

Improving Retention Through Customer Service

Other Retention Resources


Tools for Working With Diverse Communities


Build individual and agency cultural competency for working with diverse populations of children and families.


Targeted Recruitment Tools


Find resources to help you recruit in specific communities or on behalf of specific populations of children.


Interstate and Interjurisdictional
Placement Tools


Learn the basic elements involved in making interjurisdictional placements.


Assessment and Planning Tools


Increase your understanding of your agency’s capacity and readiness for recruitment and retention efforts.

  • Is Your Response System Family Friendly? (PDF – 131 KB): An agency self-assessment tool examining how well your response system meets the needs of families throughout the foster and adoptive parent recruitment process

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