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On average, state foster care systems operate with only 35% of the foster parents they need to properly serve the foster children in their communities. This results in strained case workers, overworked foster parents, reliance on group homes, and sub-par outcomes for foster children. Improving the effectiveness of foster parent recruitment is absolutely essential! We host various outreach activities at churches, community events, and local businesses. Our proprietary recruiting method, emphasizing personal one-to-one contact that “normalizes” fostering for prospective families, is approximately 90% more effective than traditional recruitment methods. The gains in effectiveness lead to 50% improvements in in downstream efficiency.
2016 Recruiting Goal: to extend our recruiting programs throughout North Florida (from Pensacola to Jacksonville) and recruit 50+ new foster homes in the process.
Given the difficulty associated with recruiting new foster families, it is critical that we retain as many currently active foster families as possible. One state in which we are active recently set an annual goal to recruit 1200 new foster homes. While they achieved this recruitment goal, they also lost 1100 previously active foster homes in the same year. This is like trying to fill a bath tub without plugging the drain. GO FOSTER! seeks to increase the “flow rate” by recruiting great foster homes and “plug the drain” by improving the retention of existing families. In the nearly two years we’ve been operating our parent retention program, we have experienced over 80% retention of participating families.
2016 Retention Goal: to maintain greater than 80% retention of GO FOSTER! families.
Since foster parent recruitment and retention are centrally important to the long term success of children in dependent care, they should not be guided by intuition alone. The only way to facilitate long-term improvement in the foster system is to measure the objective effects of recruitment and retention efforts. By doing so, future investments in child dependency will be increasingly effective. That’s good news for taxpayers as well as children! GO FOSTER! is building a longitudinal panel of foster parents that will allow us to begin optimizing foster care recruiting and retention practices. We have the expertise of several Ph.D. researchers and the trust of our member parents.
2016 Research Goal: to initiate three pilot research projects related to fostering and have one of these in review at a scientific journal.
Welcome to the new website and virtual headquarters of Go Foster! Please mind your head and toes as you look around since we are still very much under construction!
-Dr. Thomas M. Croom, CEO
“Nothing would be done at all if one waited until one could do it so well that no one could find fault with it.”
Do something today to improve the lives of children in foster care.
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org (or call 850-201-7313) so we can help you get in touch with the right licensing agencies and find a support group near you!
Not everyone can be a foster parent, but everyone can help. Why not you?
If you are interested in becoming involved in the foster system, but not as a full time foster parent, reach out to us at email@example.com (or call 850-201-7313) so we can discuss different ways you can help part-time like the Guardian ad Litem program or other volunteer opportunities.
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LF – FL, Circuit 1
Always very encouragingIn our first year as foster parents, this organization has helped us tremendously. They are knowledgeable, understanding, and always very encouraging. I am forever grateful for the network of foster parents they helped us get connected to.
SG – FL, Circuit 1
Available to supportGo Foster is always available to support our foster home. We've been given excellent advice and the networking has proven very valuable to us. Thank you Go Foster!!
KO – FL, Circuit 1
Great AdviceGo Foster is always there with a listening ear (cyber or otherwise), great advice and always able to point you in the right direction!
Anonymous – FL
Truly cares about foster parentsGo Foster is a wonderful organization. They have given my daughter the strength to carry on when her future with her foster child has looked so bleak. Foster parents have needed an organization like this for a long time. Go Foster! truly cares about foster parents and what is in the best interest of foster children in the state of Florida. They waste no time with prayers and advice to help foster families in need. If you are a foster family in Florida and need help, contact Go Foster.org. I thank Go Foster! for all they are doing to help my daughter and her precious foster child.
MC – FL, Circuit 2
LP – FL, Circuit 2
The support... is priceless!The support I feel from this group is priceless!
AW – FL, Circuit 2
I am so thankfulI am SO thankful for this group and the answers, support, and encouragement...