Foster Parent Recruitment and Retention Webinars

As the need for foster parents increases at an alarming rate, recruitment and retention efforts must be as effective and efficient as possible.  This two-part webinar series will demonstrate how to identify, recruit, and retain the foster parents that are the best match for your agency. Part 1 of the presentation series focuses on foster parent recruitment, while Part 2 spotlights foster parent retention. 

Part One: A Multi-Faceted Approach to Foster Parent Recruitment

DATE: Thursday, May 9th, at 1:00 PM CST  (Click here to register.)

While recruiting as many foster parents as possible is a common goal among agencies, intentionally recruiting foster parents that are the most likely to become highly effective, both in care giving and in partnering with your agency, can help you achieve a higher level of success.  This presentation will explore the qualities that our most sought-after foster parents possess and the costs associated with recruiting foster parents who are not a good fit for your agency.  We will review an approach to targeting recruitment efforts from a variety of perspectives, including geographic location, demographics, and psychographics, so that you can attract the kinds of foster parents that are needed for the population of foster children and youth that your agency serves.

Part Two: Retaining Foster Parents by Valuing Their Individual Preferences

DATE: Thursday, June 13th, at 1:00 PM CST (Click here to register.)

Foster parents are an agency’s most important resource.  They care for our children and youth and are on the front lines when something goes wrong.  Given the costs associated with approving and certifying foster homes, retention of foster parents is also vital for the financial health of agencies.  This presentation will consider ways to overcome barriers to foster parent engagement and strategies for developing resilience in foster parents.  A generational perspective will be presented, concentrating on groups of foster parents based on age and focusing on millennials as an up-and-coming group that has high potential for fostering.  Discussion will center around similarities across generations, and how retention efforts may need to be adjusted to align with each generation’s unique preferences.


OmniCare Institute (OCI) provides research, training, professional development and organizational performance services to human services professionals nationwide. 

Part of the Omni Family of Services, OCI shares state of the art, evidence-based approaches employed by Omni Visions and Omni Community Health – leading human service agencies dedicated to healing children, families and adults.

At the heart of OCI is our universal treatment and cultural change model – OmniCare. With a focus on trauma competence, the OmniCare approach acknowledges life’s adversities, honors resiliency, and empowers clients to find their next step in the ongoing journey to healing. Through our combination of trainings, consultation and online forums, the OCI team looks forward to helping you discover and implement innovative practices that can be used to improve client care and outcomes.

To learn more about the OmniCare Institute and other trainings offered, please click here.

Thank you for your interest in our webinars. We look forward to having you join us. For questions, email [email protected].

About our speaker

Kelly Gober Stepura, PhD is a licensed social worker and the Vice President and Director of Research and Evaluation of the OmniCare Institute, which is part of the Omni Family of Services based in Nashville, TN.  The OmniCare Institute provides research, training, professional development, and organizational performance services to human services professionals nationwide.  At the OmniCare Institute, she applies research and evaluation approaches in order to improve services, programs, and outcomes for clients. Her research team partners with the University of Texas at Austin and other child welfare experts across the country and internationally, applying large, complex datasets to predictive analytics and machine learning research.  Before joining the OmniCare Institute, Dr. Stepura served as the Executive Vice President of Applied Research and Solutions at KaleidaCare Solutions, Inc. where she worked in partnership with a variety of social services agencies to evaluate and improve services, programs, and outcomes for clients.  During her nineteen years at KaleidaCare, she used technology to translate research findings into pragmatic solutions for agencies to improve client services and extend best practices.

Dr. Stepura’s background as a researcher for seven years at Texas’ Department of Family and Protective Services allowed for leadership roles in numerous multi-year, grant-funded research projects in child welfare related to child maltreatment, maltreatment-related fatalities, caseworker decision-making and outcome measurement.   In conjunction with these projects, Dr. Stepura served as a doctoral fellow at the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, developing and reviewing requests for proposals and evaluating the impact of programs and services in Texas.  These experiences culminated in a dissertation focused on how various types of changes while in foster care effect foster child mental health and well being.  Dr. Stepura received her PhD in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010 and has been a published author in the area of child maltreatment and foster care for over 25 years.

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