Tag Archives: recruiting

Building Successful Resource Families: A Guide for Public Agencies

Annie E. Casey Foundation: The Foundation recognizes the critical role played by resource families who often function as a bridge to reunification, kinship care or adoption. In many instances, resource families have not received the institutional support needed to ensure that a pool of appropriate families is available to serve children in need in a given community. We have worked with jurisdictions in which 25 percent of resource families discontinue providing foster care each year, and estimates indicate that 40 percent of the families who leave foster parenting do so primarily because of inadequate agency support. We have partnered with national experts in designing systems to recruit, develop and support resource families. The goal of this guide is to leverage our experience with different jurisdictions by sharing information and encouraging the use of best practices in working with resource families. Link to pdf Guide; Link to AECF Web Page Guide

Realistic Job Previews (RJPs)

Links to RJP videos from different States (including Michigan). Supplemental materials to describe and enhance the information in the videos include: A one page summary explaining the development, use, and effectiveness of RJP videos on the recruitment, selection, and retention of child welfare workers and a resource list of projects, tools, and training on recruitment, screening, and selection of child welfare workers. RJPs are designed to present a balanced view of both the rewards and demands of child welfare positions in order to align the goals and expectations of applicants with the requirements of child welfare work. The goal of an RJP is to improve the fit between the applicant and the job, increasing job satisfaction and reducing the number of new staff who quit because their job roles and demands were not what they had envisioned. Link to Videos Page