Extreme Recruitment®

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About This Program

Target Population: Children ages 10-18 years old who have been in out-of-home care for over 15 months; the program will also work with younger children if they are part of a sibling group that includes a child aged 10-18 years old

For children/adolescents ages: 10 – 18

Brief Description

Extreme Recruitment® is a race to find an adoptive home for a child in a fraction of the time it would normally take. The program works exclusively with the hardest-to-place children in foster care (ages 10-18, sibling groups, children with elevated needs, etc.). Extreme Recruitment® requires weekly, intensive meetings between the child’s professional team members for 12-20 weeks. The added ingredient that makes Extreme Recruitment® unique is the use of a private investigator. This has significantly increased the ability to locate relatives of children in care. During the weekly meetings, the team develops action plans to address adoption recruitment activities, family finding, and preparing the youth for adoption by addressing their current and foreseeable needs.

Program Goals:

The goals of Extreme Recruitment® are:

  • Reconnect 85% of the youth served with relatives/kin (contact via phone call, letter or visit with an adult relative who has had no contact with the youth for at least six months)
  • Identify a permanency resource (an individual committed to adoption, guardianship, or adult adoption of a youth) for 70% of youth served

Contact Information

Heather Roberts, MSW
Title: Director of Extreme Recruitment
Agency/Affiliation: Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition
Website: www.foster-adopt.org/carleen-goddard-mazur-training-institute/extreme-recruitment
Phone: (800) 367-8373 or (314) 367-8373 x2228
Fax: (314) 241-0715

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2013

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: February 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2012