External Communications

Foster and Adoptive Parents

Much of the success of a public child welfare agency relies upon the availability of a culturally 

diverse pool of high quality,responsible adults who are willing and able to act as temporary or permanent parents for children. Maintaining open and candid communications with foster and adoptive parents benefits the agency in 

many ways. Two are paramount. First, keeping them apprised of agency news and being responsive to 

their needs, concerns and complaints mitigates frustration and improves the likelihood that these 

individuals will continue to offer their homes and families as refuge for children. Second, this 

group is uniquely qualified to weigh in on any communications strategy, including publications and 

recruitment campaigns, targeted to prospective foster and adoptive parents. Signs of appreciation 

for foster parents such as personalized certificates signed by the agency Director, gift bags or 

recognition events are suggested depending on available funding. Adoptive parents may be thanked by 

providing the adoptive child with a keepsake associated wit  their adoption. These thank-you 

efforts sometimes can be leveraged through relationships built with other agency stakeholders.

 






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