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Fostering Futures NY, and its parent organization Welfare Research, Inc., are most grateful for the generous donations recently provided by the Troy Savings Bank Foundation and Stewart's Shops Holiday Match program. Through generous donations like this, FFNY is able to continue recruiting and coordinating teams of volunteers to provide practical help to foster families caring for children placed in their homes. Quality foster parents are unsung heroes who deserve the community's support. Thank you to our generous community.

Revitalizing Recruitment
Practical strategies for finding and keeping foster, adoptive, and kinship homes

This guide summarizes best practices currently used in recruitment and retention of foster and adoptive families.

Local social services districts and voluntary agencies direct substantial resources towards finding and keeping qualified foster and adoptive homes. This work holds both opportunities and challenges, such as finding homes that reflect the characteristics of children in care, including culture, race, ethnicity and language. Agencies strive to recruit homes that meet the needs of children: keeping siblings together, homes for older youth, as well as homes for children with complex physical and emotional needs. This guide is intended to be used by local districts and voluntary agencies to help meet their recruitment challenges.

Funded by a federal diligent recruitment grant to the New York State Office of Children and Family Services from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau, the resource was written and compiled by WRI.


WRI provides technical assistance to human services agencies that face the challenge of serving their clients in today's rapidly changing environment.

For more than 45 years, public and private agencies have chosen WRI to enhance and augment their organizational and staff capacity. WRI offers creative, effective, and prompt support — when you need it, for as long as you need it, at an affordable price. Learn more . . .

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Fostering Futures NY
Supporting foster families in building better futures for children who have been abused and neglected

Fostering Futures NY (FFNY) is a new program administered by WRI that recruits and trains teams of volunteers from the community to offer natural and practical supports to foster families. Serving as an "extended family" for foster parents and children, FFNY teams provide stability, enriching experiences, and vital community connections. read more . . .