Learning About Diligent Recruitment and the NRCDR During National Foster Care Month

By Britton Slagle, Grant and Staff Writer

What is diligent recruitment, and who is the NRCDR?

Diligent recruitment is a comprehensive, multi-faceted systematic approach to recruiting, developing, supporting, and retaining a pool of resource families who can meet the needs of children and youth in foster care.  The implementation of comprehensive diligent recruitment programs can improve placement stability and permanency outcomes for children.

The National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment (NRCDR) works to assist States, Tribes, and Territories in developing and implementing data-informed diligent recruitment programs in order to achieve improved outcomes. They provide free technical assistance, resources, and other support to help child welfare systems recruit, develop, and support foster, adoptive, and kinship families.  NRCDR supports States, Tribes, and Territories with:

  • Developing and implementing comprehensive, data-driven recruitment plans
  • Improving retention of foster, adoptive, and kinship families
  • Learning about effective recruitment, development, and support strategies
  • Partnering with community stakeholders and private provider agencies to strengthen recruitment and retention efforts

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