Family Finding

Child Adoption Chicago

Seasoned professionals know how important it is to maintain family connections for children in foster care. These relatives – whether immediate, distant, or fictive – can provide love and stability for children, and can also help birth parents work toward reunification.

The Recruitment and Kin Connection Project (RKCP) launched in 2010 with a goal of demonstrating the importance of family finding. The project began as a five-year cooperative agreement between the federal Children’s Bureau and the Department of Children and Family Services, and was administered by iCAP. Highlights of our work include:

  • Collaborating with family courts in Cook, Will, Kankakee, and Grundy counties;
  • Engaging birth families in an effort to identify as many relatives as possible;
  • Demonstrating statistically significant results relating to number of family members identified, potential resources for children, and other positive well-being outcomes; and
  • Paving the way for legislative and policy changes regarding placing children with fictive kin and speedy notification of grandparents whose grandchildren are taken into care.

To learn more about our family finding efforts, please visit the RKCP website. You may also wish to listen to an archived 2013 webinar given by the RKCP Project Director for the benefit of state foster care managers.

If you have additional questions regarding family finding and how it can benefit children in care, please contact our Senior Director of Operations, Deborah Saucedo, at (312) 462-7237 or