Topic: Resource Parent Recruitment and Training Programs

Scientific Ratings in this topic:

1 - Well-Supported by Research Evidence

2 - Supported by Research Evidence

3 - Promising Research Evidence

4 - Evidence Fails to Demonstrate Effect

5 - Concerning Practice

NR - Not able to be Rated

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Definition for Resource Parent Recruitment and Training Programs:

Resource Parent Recruitment and Training Programs are defined by the CEBC as programs that focus on the location, identification, and education of families who are interested in being foster parents. These foster parents can either be related (kinship) or non-related foster parents.

  • Target population: Potential foster parents
  • Services/types that fit: Interventions to locate new foster parents or to provide training and support for new or existing foster caregivers
  • Delivered by: Child welfare workers or trained paraprofessionals
  • In order to be included: Program must specifically target the identification and/or support of foster parents as a goal
  • In order to be rated: There must be research evidence (as specified by Scientific Rating Scale) that examines outcomes such as improvement in resource parent recruitment or retention, the knowledge or skills of resource parents, or outcomes for the children in their care

Why was Resource Parent Recruitment and Training Programs chosen as a topic by the Advisory Committee? (Click for Answer)

The Resource Parent Training and Recruitment Programs topic area is relevant to child welfare because child welfare relies on foster/resource families and relatives to care for children who have been removed from the homes of their parent(s) or guardian due to abuse and/or neglect. At a time, when many counties and states are finding an increase in the needs for families for foster children, there is a declining pool of families available. Without a sufficient pool of families available for placement, it is difficult to match a child's needs to a family who can provide for a child's particular needs and issues. Placement becomes an exercise in finding a bed for a child rather than finding a family that is trained and given the necessary support to care for children that have special needs due to the abuse or neglect they have experienced. The need to increase the pool of trained families for foster children is important for the field of child welfare. The Advisory Committee is interested in finding innovative and evidence-based strategies that have been effective in the recruitment, training, and support of families that care for foster children. Counties have used traditional methods for finding these resource families and need new strategies for finding and supporting foster/resource families.

Danna Fabella, Director, Linkages Project
Child and Family Policy Institute of California
Sacramento, CA

Programs in this Topic Area

The programs listed below have been reviewed by the CEBC and, if appropriate, been rated using the Scientific Rating Scale.

Programs with a Scientific Rating of 2 - Supported by Research Evidence:

  • KEEP SAFEdetailed view
    Topics: Resource Parent Recruitment and Training Programs, Behavioral Management Programs for Adolescents in Child Welfare
    Caregivers of youth 10 to 18 years of age in foster or kinship care placements and the youth themselves
  • Together Facing the Challenge (TFTC)detailed view
    Topics: Resource Parent Recruitment and Training Programs
    Treatment foster parents and agency staff

Programs with a Scientific Rating of 3 - Promising Research Evidence:

Programs with a Scientific Rating of NR - Not able to be Rated: