Families Like Yours

2008-2009 Recruitment Initiative of Casey Family Services

Practice Guide

This resource includes four separate documents outlining the conceptual framework for the recruitment initiative as well as the implementation and tracking of a nine-strategy plan to recruit foster and adoptive parents who matched the needs of youth in treatment foster care at Casey Family Services, the Foundation's former direct services agency. It includes an overall review of the recruitment practices, as well as forms and tools for setting agency recruitment goals concurrently with implementation of the agency’s Lifelong Families practice model. This model is intended to serve as a method of improving foster care practice within private child welfare agencies and advancing permanency outcomes for those in care, especially older youth in treatment foster care.

January 1, 2012

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KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot on Foster Care Placement

Brief

This Data Snapshot highlights newly available data on the KIDS COUNT Data Center marking the progress made by many states to increase the rates of children in foster care who are living with families and decrease the rates of those placed in institutions or group homes. The data also show that the type of foster care placement varies depending on the age of the child as well as the state of residence.

May 1, 2011

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Team Decision Making Case Study

Engaging Families in Placement Decisions

Report

A discussion of the importance of engaging family, friends and community in child welfare decisions regarding child removal, reunification and placement.

March 5, 2014

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Lifelong Families Case Practice Standards Manual

Training Manual

Practice Guide

This policy and procedures manual for social workers delineates how Casey incorporated family strengthening and permanency planning into all aspects of its child welfare practice framework – assessments, assignments, planning, placement, decision making, teaming, referrals. 

January 15, 2012

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Lifelong Families Permanency Case Practice Tools

Practice Guide

This set of practice tools offers guidance through questions, surveys, inventories and examples for helping social workers and supervisors understand and organize the case factors affecting permanency for a foster child. 

January 11, 2012

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The Lifelong Families Training Curriculum

Training Manual

Practice Guide

This child welfare training manual presents a comprehensive 2-day curriculum on the Lifelong Families permanency model for social worker training. It includes agenda, assignments, presentations, handouts, daily modules with timetable and more.

May 15, 2012

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Family to Family: Lessons Learned

Tools for Rebuilding Foster Care

Report

This report summarizes the lessons learned by the Casey Foundation in its implemetation of a reformed foster care strategy in which child welfare agencies work with families and communities to ensure child placements close to home. 

July 1, 2001

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