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Recruitment in Foster Care


A1. Strategies and Challenges in Recruiting and Retaining Foster Families

Presented by Nhi Nguyen, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)

Sunday July 8, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), an independent, nonpartisan agency that works for Congress, was asked by congressional members to examine how state child welfare agencies recruit foster families, including those who provide therapeutic foster care services; challenges in recruiting and retaining foster families; and the support the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides to child welfare agencies in these efforts. This presentation will provide an overview of GAO’s recently published report, including recommendations made.


B10. Always Be Closing: Maximize Your Recruiting with Sales Techniques

Presented by Brian Lynch, MSW, LCSW, Michael Savenelli & Brandon Warner, Children’s Community Programs of Connecticut

Monday July 9, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Difficulty with therapeutic foster parent recruiting is a national struggle. Traditional techniques like foster parent recruiting events, radio commercials, and print advertising are becoming increasingly ineffective. This workshop will discuss how to approach recruiting from a sales perspective, with an emphasis on data informed decision making, personalized attention to the client, and networking strategies that can optimize your recruiting efforts for therapeutic foster parents.


B13. Designing a Recruitment Navigation Strategy that gets Results

Presented by Mike Logan, Children First Foster Family

Monday July 9, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Most efforts fail because of a missing plan. We want to arrive at “G”, but we haven’t identified A, B or F along the path to get there. Even good plans can fail because we don’t create the movement required between each step. This interactive session will help you design and structure a recruitment plan that will move people from prospects to placement. Mike has effectively led his agency along this path and seen 20-30% annual growth through 2014-16 as a result.


C 2. How San Francisco is using technology to recruit and approve more resource families

Presented by Angela Ramos, San Francisco Children and Family Services; Felicia Curcuru, Binti, Inc.

Tuesday July 10, 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


Efforts such as the Continuum of Care Reform in California are part of the nationwide goal to have more foster children in family settings, however, agencies are struggling to meet these goals due to a shortage of resource families. San Francisco has been able to increase the number of resource parent applicants by over 300% through a strategy of four repeatable tactics, three of which leverage technology, that other agencies can learn from to address their local shortages of families.


C26. Recruiting Foster Homes in Today’s World

Presented by Shelia Rancatore, MSW & John Dickey, MS, Cornerstones of Care

Tuesday July 10, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


This past year’s headlines read: Children sleep in child welfare offices due to lack of foster homes; Children entering foster care at all time high; Children entering foster care expected to increase in 2018, several times the rate of new foster homes coming on line. Discover efficient and effective approaches to meet today’s needs for foster family recruitment including traditional in-person methods, digital recruitment and social media. Participants will actively share their challenges, creative approaches and identify new recruitment strategies to implement.


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