Icebreaker Meetings

A Tool for Building Relationships Between Birth and Foster Parents

Practice Guide

The Casey Foundation created this step-by-step practice guide with several online appendices to help child welfare agencies understand Icebreaker family meetings and shift into "parent partner" mode. 

January 1, 2012

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African American Children in Foster Care

Additional HHS Assistance Needed to Help States Reduce the Proportion in Care

Report

This study by the GAO analyzes the major factors influencing the proportion of African American children in care and the extent to which states and localities have implemented promising strategies. The study also examines was in which federal polices may have influenced African American representation in foster care.

January 1, 2007

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Disparities and Disproportionality in Child Welfare

Analysis of the Research

Report

This compendium includes papers from the July 2010 symposium convened by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) and The Annie E. Casey Foundation to reflect on current research related to racial differences in child welfare services, treatment and outcomes.

December 1, 2011

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The 2007 KIDS COUNT Data Book

State Profiles of Child Well-Being

Report

This 18th annual KIDS COUNT Data Book provides national and state-by-state information and statistical trends on the conditions of America’s children and families. New this year is information on child well-being in Puerto Rico. This year’s essay examines the child welfare system and challenges the country to make lifelong connections for children and youth in foster care a national priority. The essay also focuses on the 726,000 children who spend time in foster care each year and what can be done to build and strengthen family relationships.

January 1, 2007

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For Every Kid, A Forever Family

Brochure

This brochure provides an overview of Lifelong Families, a practice model developed and tested by the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s former direct service agency, Casey Family Services. The document highlights the values, principle components and benefits of the model, as well as early successes at improving the outcomes for children and youth in foster care. This model is intended to serve as a method of improving foster care practice within private child welfare agencies and advancing permanency outcomes especially for older youth in treatment foster care.

January 1, 2012

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The LIfelong Families Model: Implementation Manual

Training Manual

Practice Guide

The Lifelong Families model readies youth in foster care for permanent families. This manual details the social worker/family team planning and execution needed to ensure permanent connections have a chance to flourish. 

January 1, 2012

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Lifelong Families Adoption Case Study

Wanda

Brief

A set of case studies illustrate how Lifelong Families – a practice model developed and tested by the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s direct service agency – helped advance permanency outcomes for older youth in treatment foster care. This case study highlights how Wanda achieved permanence through adoption.

January 1, 2012

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Lifelong Families Reunification Case Study

Rudy

Brief

A case study to illustrate how Lifelong Families – a practice model developed and tested by the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s former direct service agency – helped advance permanency outcomes for older youth in treatment foster care. This case study highlights how Rudy achieved permanence through reunification with his birth family.

January 1, 2012

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