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Breakthrough Series Collaborative: Recruiting and Retaining Resource Families

7/9/2002:   Casey Family Programs National Center for Resource Family Support ( www.casey.org/cnc/index.htm) together with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, is sponsoring a Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) on Recruiting and Retaining Resource Families. Resource families can be foster, adoptive, or kinship options for children who need homes. Upon selection, the public child welfare agencies/Tribal agencies that have a commitment to improving the way they recruit and retain resource families, as well as to making major, rapid changes that will produce breakthrough results, will be brought together to share knowledge, challenges, and successes.

Each selected agency will put together a team that will work together to make changes and implement new systems over the course of one year. The teams from across the country will be guided and mentored by experts in the field as they study, test, and implement the latest knowledge and evidence available. All participating four-person teams will come together for three two-day Learning Sessions and will be expected to test changes and measure the impact of these changes between the Learning Sessions.

BSC Leadership
This BSC is being co-chaired by Dr. Carol Spigner (formerly Williams), Pray Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work and the former Associate Commissioner of the Children's Bureau, and Joe Kroll, Executive Director of the North American Council for Adoptable Children (NACAC). Together they will be leading the teams and expert faculty throughout the BSC.

Team Selection
Ten public child welfare agencies/Tribal agencies will be selected through a competitive application process (state agencies in state-administered states, county agencies in county-administered states, or Tribal agencies). The application can be downloaded at http://www.casey.org/cnc/recruitment/breakthrough_series_recruitment.htm . The deadline for receipt of completed applications is Thursday, August 22nd at 5:00 p.m. EDT. All interested agencies are asked to submit an "Interest in Applying" form, which can be found in the application, no later than Monday, July 29th at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

A conference call to provide answers to questions about criteria for selection, Collaborative requirements and expectations, and the application has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 30th at 2:00 EDT. Dial-in number: 1-888-385-5669 Pass code: 01107#

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