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Extreme Recruitment®

Helping Foster Youth Find the Forever Families They Need

Too often, children linger in foster care once they are ready for adoption because of a lack of adoption resources. Waiting too long to find a safe, loving adoptive family increases children’s risk of aging out of foster care without the support of a family. And frequently extended family have lost contact with the child while they were in care and are unaware of the significant needs. Research shows that when placed with family or friends, children have improved outcomes and more positive experiences.

Adoptive Family Placement

Extreme Recruitment® puts a team of recruiters and private investigators to work finding multiple extended family members and kin relationships for children most at-risk of aging out of foster care without an adoptive resource, such as older youth, large sibling groups, and children with significant medical or mental health issues.

Created by FosterAdopt Connect's sister organization, Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition of St. Louis, Extreme Recruitment® creates a family tree, contacts and educates family and kin, and works to identify a permanent adoptive resource for the child. With a combination of sleuthing, advocacy, and support, 80% of the children served are matched with permanency resources and 90% are reconnected with safe and appropriate lifelong adult support.

Meet the Foster Youth In Need of a Forever Family

Tour our Extreme Recruitment® Gallery to learn more about the specific foster youth for whom FosterAdopt Connect is seeking qualified and interested forever families.

Extreme Recruitment® Case Requirements

Children served by Extreme Recruitment® must be:

Ages 10 or older. Exceptions to this are allowed if the child meets ONE or more of the following criteria:

  • The child is part of a sibling group being served
  • The child has documented elevated medical or mental health needs
  • The child has been legally free for adoption for six months with no
    permanent resource identified

Legally free for adoption. An exception may be made if ALL of the following criteria are met:

  • Reunification is no longer the case plan
  • The court grants written permission to the Extreme Recruitment® team to utilize the child’s picture and strengths-based profile for recruitment through print media, online resources, and on television.
  • The child’s Family Support Team agrees that Extreme Recruitment® is in the child’s best interest.

Extreme Recruitment® Success Story

Ten-year-old Demaje had been in foster care for three years after his mother abandoned him at an area residential facility. His tantrums and physical aggression were such that he had only spent one week in a regular foster home before returning to residential care. The whereabouts of his mother were unknown and there was little documentation about additional family members.

Through intensive case file review and investigative efforts, Demaje's family tree was expanded to include twelve known relatives. Extreme Recruitment® found and made contact with an uncle, who resides in California. Demaje's uncle shared that he had been actively involved in his nephew’s life until Demaje's mother moved out-of-state when he was five years old. The uncle shared through tears that he had been searching for Demaje for years and believed he would never see him again. Thanks to the connection made with his caring uncle, Demaje was adopted and now has a chance at success instead of a future of aging out of the system without a family connection.

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Have Questions?

Jennifer Townsend

Director of Recruitment Programs

Julie Murray

SWMO Programs Director