Department for Community Based Services

Standards of Practice Online Manual

12.2 Diligent Recruitment of Foster and Adoptive Home Parents

Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Department for Community Based Services
Division of Protection and Permanency
Standards of Practice Online Manual
Chapter 12-Resource Family Recruitment, Certification and Reimbursement
12.2 Diligent Recruitment of Foster and Adoptive Home Parents

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Legal Authority/Introduction


Each service region develops an annual plan for diligent recruitment and retention of resource families, which is reviewed and updated on a semi-annual basis. The plan is based on the region’s assessment of their current and projected placement needs and considers the Multi-Ethnic Placement Act and Inter-Ethnic Placement Act (MEPA/IEPA) requirements. Regional diligent recruitment plans will be submitted to the OOHC branch manager twice per year. 

Practice Guidance

  • Regional diligent recruitment plans include the following components:
    • An overview of the region’s basic principles regarding the plan;
    • Accurate descriptions of the characteristics  of children coming into out of home care and children awaiting adoptive homes;
    • Accurate descriptions of the approved resource homes in the region;
    • Targeted demographic/geographic and general recruitment strategies that are  aimed at all parts of the state’s communities;
    • Diverse methods for disseminating both general and child specific information;
    • Strategies for assuring that all prospective parents have access to the home study process, including location and hours of information meetings and family preparation pre-service training;
    • Strategies for retention of approved homes, including descriptions of support services and other resources;
    • Strategies for training and preparing agency staff to work with diverse cultural, racial and economic communities in a culturally competent manner.


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