National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment

Resource Guides and Curricula for
Child Welfare Staff


These resources are designed to help child welfare agencies build their staff’s capacity in best practices for recruiting and retaining foster and adoptive families. You can download them below or order printed copies. Both are free of charge for both public and private agencies.

Take full advantage of these resources by participating in our webinars on recruitment and retention and through our free consulting services for public agencies.

For brief tip sheets and tools designed for the busy child welfare professional, see our quick tips and tools for recruitment and retention.


General Recruitment Resources


Empower your staff with ideas for building public interest and awareness of the need for foster and adoptive parents for children in foster care.

  • Practitioner’s Guide: Getting More Parents for Children from Your Recruitment Efforts (PDF – 275 KB) / En Español (PDF - 294 KB): Summarizes promising practices for keeping families involved from the first time they contact your agency until the time a child is placed with them
  • 2011 National Adoption Month Capacity Building Toolkit (PDF – 2.9 MB): Provides tips and tools for agencies to celebrate National Adoption Month all year by building both agency and individual capacity to recruit and retain foster and adoptive parents
  • 2009 National Adoption Month Recruitment and Marketing Toolkit (PDF – 545 KB): Provides suggestions for working with the media to raise awareness about adoption, sample press releases that you can personalize for your community, and ideas and tips for planning special events to celebrate National Adoption Month
  • Evidence-Based Practices in Child Welfare Increasingly, the Children’s Bureau, and the field of child welfare in general, is focused on the utilization of evidence-based practices (EBPs) to support and achieve safety, permanency, and well-being for children, youth, and families. This website offers information and resources from the NRCPFC, the Children's Bureau/ACF/DHHS, and the T&TA Network, as well as collaborating organizations, and the States.


Targeted Recruitment Resources


Develop strategies to focus and maximize the effectiveness of your recruitment efforts.


Child-Specific Recruitment Resources


Strengthen your efforts to recruit families on behalf of individual children and specific groups of children.


Interstate and Interjurisdictional
Placement Resources


 Increase your individual and agency capacity to use interjurisdictional placements to achieve permanency for children.


Family Retention


Learn about approaches for supporting and retaining foster, adoptive, and kinship families from their first inquiry through placement and beyond.


Research and Government Reports


Access research, reports, and statistics related to recruitment, retention, and AdoptUSKids special projects.


Other Recommended Resources


Find valuable recruitment and retention materials from other organizations.

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