For the first time in well over a decade, the National Adoption Center has received a federal contract for an Intensive Child Specific Recruitment Project. Partnering with the State of New Jersey, the project has four objectives:
• To identify youth in the New Jersey child welfare system waiting the longest for an adoptive home and develop an understanding of the issues that have delayed permanency
• To reduce the amount of time that children wait for an adoptive placement
• To reduce the number of older adolescents who emancipate from care without an adoptive family
• To create an integrated model of successful intensive recruitment that has been rigorously evaluated
This project, if successful, will use a team approach and create a replicable model to secure permanent families and supports for our longest waiting children, in New Jersey and around the country.