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Unlocking Foster Parent Recruitment Effectiveness: Data is the Key
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November Webinar

Unlocking Foster Parent Recruitment Effectiveness: Data is the Key


As the need for foster parents increases at an alarming rate, recruitment efforts must be as effective and efficient as possible. The presenters will discuss how, when, and why to use data in recruitment efforts, emphasizing how data can be used to guide recruitment strategies. Our 4 strategies for using data in recruitment will provide concrete techniques for participants to implement at their organizations.

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to identify the 4 key recruitment strategies that incorporate the use of data
2. Participants will be able to cite 2 techniques for improving recruitment conversion rates
3. Participants will be able to identify 3 resources they can access to learn more information around using data in recruitment

Amy Strickler, Ph.D. is the Director of the Organizational Performance Department and the Social Research and Innovation Center at Pressley Ridge. As the Director, she oversees the outcomes management and quality improvement process in the organization and pursues a strong research agenda to advance knowledge and best practices in the mental and behavioral health field. She presents organizational performance results to the board of trustees, funding and accrediting bodies, and the community. She is a graduate of the Counselor Education and Supervision doctoral program at Duquesne University where she completed her dissertation on the efficacy of pre-service trainings for treatment foster parents. She has over 9 years of experience conducting research and evaluation in the behavioral health field focusing on the effectiveness of treatment foster care and residential programming for youth. Her publications focus on evaluating treatment foster care pre-service trainings and measuring treatment parent satisfaction. She is a FFTA board member and chair of FFTA’s Research Committee.
Kelly Gober Stepura, Ph.D. is a licensed social worker and the Vice President and Director of Research and Evaluation at the OmniCare Institute. Before joining the Institute, Dr. Stepura served as the Executive Vice President of Applied Research and Solutions at KaleidaCare Solutions, Inc. for 19 years. Her prior role as a researcher at Texas’ Department of Family and Protective Services allowed for leadership roles in numerous multi-year, grant-funded research projects related to child maltreatment, maltreatment-related fatalities, caseworker decision-making and outcome measurement. Dr. Stepura received her PhD in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010 and has been a published author in the area of child maltreatment and foster care for over 25 years. Her recent work at the Institute has focused on the application of machine learning and predictive analytic techniques to foster care outcomes, and evaluation of programs aimed at improving the lives of children and youth who are in the foster care system or are at risk of inpatient psychiatric or residential care.
Luanne Barr, PMP,is a Senior Business Analyst and Certified Project Management Professional at the OmniCare Institute where she analyzes and assesses business processes and systems, bridging the gap between identified issues and solutions.  From performance-based contracting to recruitment and retention strategies, Luanne develops an understanding of the need for change, assesses the impact of those changes, and creates and implements solutions.


Amy Strickler, Ph.D.


Kelly Stepura, Ph.D.


Luanne Barr, PMP
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