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Extreme Recruitment. Missouri’s Collaboration to Provide Permanency. Project Description . Extreme Recruitment is a Diligent Recruitment Program intended to improve permanency outcomes for children in the St. Louis region. 12-20 week individualized recruitment effort including

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extreme recruitment

Extreme Recruitment

Missouri’s Collaboration to Provide Permanency

project description
Project Description
  • Extreme Recruitment is a Diligent Recruitment Program intended to improve permanency outcomes for children in the St. Louis region.
  • 12-20 week individualized recruitment effort including

-preparing the child for permanency;

-conducting diligent searches to reconnect with kin

-achieving permanency through general, targeted and/or child specific recruitment and support services

demonstrated need
Demonstrated Need

1082 children identified in the project area age 10 or over and having been in care for 15 months or more.

intended outcomes
Intended Outcomes

The program will ensure a system of supportive adults for at least 90% of the 150 youth served and achieve permanency through adoption or guardianship for at least 70% of those youth.

current priorities
Current Priorities
  • Resource Training
  • Extreme Recruitment Protocol
  • Evaluation Strategies
  • Partner education
resource training
Resource Training
  • Parenting Education
  • Pre-service training and educational seminars will include topics on facilitating attachment, handling difficult behaviors, communicating the child’s needs to others, preventing discord with the family, building self-esteem, parenting teenagers, post-institutional behavior, and understanding the birth family.  These seminars will be offered by highly qualified professionals with extensive experience in the field and will address subjects in detail to assist families beyond the training they would have received prior to placement.
extreme recruitment training
Extreme Recruitment Training


  • All Extreme Recruitment team members
    • Case Worker, DJO, GAL, Adoption Worker, CASA, etc


  • Each team member receives:
    • Introductory e-mail explaining Extreme Recruitment
    • Training manual (one per team member)
    • Web access to online training materials
  • Each agency receives
    • Expanded training/ resource manual (one)
  • Each team member will attend a interactive training session (4 hours, once)
    • Explain step-by-step ER process
    • Discuss potential case scenarios
    • Allow for structured discussion of team members’ expectations and roles


  • Manual created and revised Q3, Q4, year 1
  • Training in Q3 and Q4, year 1
making evaluation happen
Making Evaluation Happen


  • Random Assignment
    • Collecting the same case-level data on the same schedule
  • Shared data collection efforts

Finalized Project Outcomes & Tools

  • Children’s Division Database –

safety & permanency

  • Social Support Survey
  • Child and Adolescent Functional

Assessment Scale – well-being

  • Satisfaction
  • Fidelity
  • Dosage - amount & type of services
  • Cost data

Institutional Review Board, Memorandums of Agreement

partner education engagement
Partner Education/Engagement
  • Public education meetings and workshops with staff of community partner agencies for buy in to the project goals.
  • Identification of strategies to create and continue “urgency” with case managers
  • Continually working to achieve “buy in” from staff and administrators
challenges identified
Challenges Identified
  • Arranging for the resources necessary to address the influx of families for the 150 identified youth.
  • Coordination of wrap around services, intensive support and coordination of consistency of staff for families and youth.
next steps
Next Steps
  • Evaluate all training, education and support needs and create the necessary enhancement to training practice.
  • Identify strategies to improve timeliness of assessment and training for resource families.
  • Continue development of web based tools with contractor
  • Hire additional staff for expansion of Extreme Recruitment.

I told you somebody in my family wanted me… Amanda, age 15