Recruitment and Retention of Resource Families in Rural and Tribal Communities

This two-day interactive group session will provide sustainable gains including formation of new partnerships, identification of new solutions, and specific strategies and plans for their implementation.

The first day is an interactive group session which will include:

  • Understanding rural systems, in the agency, across agencies, and in the community
  • Identifying rural and tribal (and state/jurisdiction specific) challenges and critical assets for meeting the challenges
  • Identifying specific challenges that can be addressed
  • Identifying and/or forming partnerships to address the challenges, with at least one strategy and clearly specified tasks to begin formation of the relationship and addressing the challenge

The next day is a an introduction to planning and an interactive pre-planning session using the concepts of the diligent recruitment navigator and using specific questions, geared to the specific state, tribe or jurisdiction. 

The learning objectives include:

  • Understanding the cycle of planning, terms for planning 
  • Identifying needed tools in the planning process (what data is needed, where it might be located, who else may understand the issue and what might be gained from focus groups, etc.)
  • Exploring time frames for interventions
  • Identifying strategies currently used and determine how they are evaluated vs. possible strategies and simplified monitoring/evaluation mechanisms, etc.
  • Determining a plan for developing a recruitment plan

Ideal county teams would include state/tribe supervisors, workers, management, stakeholders, community participants, community colleges, FFAs and others involved in, impacted by or interested in the recruitment and retention of resource parents.

The sessions will include presentations, publicly available data for context, small group work and introduce participants to other resources available through the NRCDR and AdoptUSKids.

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