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ERIC Number: ED413995
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 76
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Development and Implementation of a Foster Parent Recruitment Strategy in a Treatment Foster Care Program.
Ronacher, Carol
A foster parent recruitment strategy was developed and implemented to increase the pool of potential foster parents in a treatment foster care program serving troubled children between 2 and 18 years in a south Florida community. Foster parents in this program were expected to implement a specific skill acquisition program for each child and maintain records of the child's progress. The problem in recruiting foster parents was documented through interviews and a literature review. The recruitment strategy involved a variety of techniques, including fliers, announcements in community bulletins, inserts in utility bills or paycheck envelopes, a finders' fee for current foster parents if they referred others, billboards, television public service announcements and press releases, and filling the position of Volunteer Foster Parent Recruiter. Evaluation results indicated that the number of inquiry calls from people interested in foster parenting increased an average of 400 percent over the 3-month data collection period. The number of contacts with recruitment resources increased over 1,000 percent. The number of referrals from current foster parents did not increase. The most effective recruitment methods were utility bill inserts, articles in community newspapers, and social service professionals. The least effective methods were brochures and posters. (Seven appendices contain examples of fliers, billboards, utility bill inserts, and press releases. Contains 26 references.) (Author/KB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida