Foster parents are healing agents for youth placed in care. Local social services districts and voluntary agencies direct substantial resources towards finding and keeping qualified foster and adoptive homes. This work holds both opportunities and challenges, such as finding homes that reflect the characteristics of children in care, including culture, race, ethnicity and language. Agencies strive to recruit homes that meet the needs of children: keeping siblings together, homes for older youth, as well as homes for children with complex physical and emotional needs. This new resource, Revitalizing Recruitment, is intended to be used by local districts and voluntary agencies to help meet their recruitment challenges.
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