Recruitment & Retention


A Better Approach on Foster Family Recruitment and Retention with Takkeem Morgan

On this week’s podcast we discuss universal basic income and pandemic assistance for current and former foster youth; a new federal investigation into the sordid history of Indian boarding schools; potential trouble for Ohio’s new mental health reform; and a settlement over homeless foster youth in Washington.



Connecticut Uses Coronavirus Relief to Provide Foster Parent Back Pay

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D). Photo courtesy of governor’s office
Foster parents in Connecticut will receive a retroactive $100-a-month pay bump after the governor and the state child welfare agency decided to peel off about $1.1 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds for that purpose.

Youth Services Insider


CHAMPS Report Finds States Struggling with Foster Parent Recruitment

The recruitment and retention of foster parents — a critical but often overlooked aspect of development for children in foster care — has never been easy, and the coronavirus pandemic has made it perhaps harder than ever, according to a new report from CHAMPS, a national policy campaign that focuses on promoting high-quality foster parenting.



Technology Can Move Child Welfare Forward, Even Amid Budget Cuts

State budgets, heavily impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting economic fallout, are going to be tight this year. Instead of cutting important child welfare services, agencies should determine if there are ways to become more efficient in how they operate.


Some Welcome Federal Input on Foster Home Recruitment and Family Visitation

Two years ago this month, the Family First Prevention Services Act became law and spurred bold reforms in child welfare. By realigning federal funding, Family First is driving system changes to keep more families safely together as well as improve the quality of foster care for children and youth who cannot remain safely at home.


With Foster Care Capacity, The Investment Pays for Itself

  What many have called a “foster care crisis” continues to be alive and well in many local and state child welfare systems. Despite the need, both public and private organizations struggle to build needed capacity with a sense of urgency required to meet the needs of children of all ages and backgrounds coming into care.


    The Right Things to Track on Foster Care Capacity

    Again this year, The Imprint has done a good job of highlighting how our foster care system is working (or not working) across the United States. In Georgia, we’ve been pleased to see improvements in the number of licensed foster homes available and especially in the number of children and youth in state custody placed with relatives, the latter figure up from 17 percent in 2011 to around 30 percent today.

    Jim Roberts


    Revisiting California’s Continuum of Care Reform Initiative

    About three years ago I wrote an article published by The Imprint entitled “California’s Continuum of Care Reform – Will It Produce as Promised?” So has it? The goal of the Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) was to reduce group home placements by shifting foster youth to family-based services.


    NYC’s ‘Home Away from Home’ as a Roadmap to Recruit Foster Parents Across the Country

    It takes a special type of person to step forward to be a foster parent. There’s no greater responsibility than caring for children who have been placed in foster care after experiencing abuse or neglect in their homes.