Resource Families Can Help with Recruitment, Retention
Child welfare professionals have long known that resource parents can be powerful allies when it comes to finding new foster parents. Indeed, when they are creatively involved in an agency’s efforts, current foster parents and kin caregivers may be the single best recruitment tool there is.
Given present trends in foster care, the time has come for us to truly put this knowledge into practice. As the figure below shows, in North Carolina the number of children in foster care is rising steadily. Many other states are seeing this growth, which is due to a variety of factors, including the opioid epidemic.
This issue of Fostering Perspectives discusses these trends, explores what North Carolina and its agencies are doing to improve this situation, and suggests ways you can help.
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