If you are interested in fostering or adopting from foster care in Georgia, you’ll probably be interested to know the three types of recruitment DFCS uses for prospective adoptive/foster families.
The Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) employs a strategic approach to recruit prospective adoptive and foster families.
This approach is primarily categorized into three types targeted recruitment, child-specific recruitment, and community outreach.
Let’s take a closer look at each one.
This involves identifying and reaching out to prospective families who can best meet the needs of children in foster care.
DFCS uses demographic data, including age, race, location, and family structure, to target their recruitment efforts effectively.
They may use methods such as digital advertising, direct mail, or community events to reach these specific groups.
In this approach, DFCS focuses on finding homes for individual children, particularly those who are harder to place, such as adolescents, sibling groups, or children with special needs.
Child-specific recruitment can include strategies such as featuring children on adoption websites or in media campaigns, or working with a child’s existing network (like teachers, coaches, or family friends) to find potential adoptive families.
This involves building relationships with local communities to raise awareness about the need for foster and adoptive families.
DFCS may partner with local businesses, faith-based organizations, schools, and other community groups to host informational sessions, training, and recruitment events.
These recruitment strategies reflect DFCS’s commitment to finding safe, loving, and permanent homes for children in need.
Each strategy is guided by ethical practices, respect for diversity, and a focus on the best interests of the child.
To learn more, reach out to your local DFCS agency.