Program Area

Child Welfare

Ensuring that children who have been abused or neglected grow up in families and get the help they need to heal, build lasting family relationships and reach their full potential.

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What Do Casey Child Welfare Consultants Do?

Blog Post

Child Welfare Strategy Group consultants help child welfare leaders and their staff champion reforms that benefit kids and families. We work closely with leaders to strengthen agency management, finances, operations, policy, communications and frontline practice.

November 26, 2012

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A Family for Every Child

Strategies to Achieve Permanence for Older Foster Children and Youth

Report

Part of the Family to Family Tools for Rebuilding Foster Care series. The research highlighted in this publication identifies successful programs, policies, and strategies that have been helping older children find permanent families; as well as how lessons learned from programs and policy changes can be distilled into action steps.

January 1, 2005

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Back on Track

Transforming Virginia's Child Welfare System

Report

A collaboration between the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Commonwealth of Virginia decreased the number of children in foster care and reduced the state’s overreliance on congregate care. This case study describes the effort that successfully introduced a family-centered child welfare practice model, increased both permanency rates and access to community-based care, and reduced overall spending.

January 1, 2010

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Stepping Up for Kids

What Government and Communities Should Do to Support Kinship Families

Policy Report

In this policy report, the Annie E. Casey Foundation explores the increased number of children living with extended family and close friends, a longtime practice known as kinship care. It includes the latest data for states, the District of Columbia, and the nation, as well as a set of recommendations on how to support kinship families.

January 1, 2012

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The Kinship Diversion Debate

Policy and Practice Implications for Children, Families and Child Welfare Agencies

Report

This report explores different perspectives on the practice of diverting children from child welfare to live with kin when they cannot remain with their families, and identifies critical components of an effective kinship care system. This analysis is based on the insights of more than 50 child welfare and judicial personnel, advocates and researchers.

January 1, 2013

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Kinship Care When Parents are Incarcerated

What We Know, What We Can Do

Report

This paper explores the role of kinship care for children of parents currently incarcerated; examining the involvement of the child welfare system, and describing what can be done to develop more compassionate social policies and programs geared toward this population.

January 1, 2009

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Kinship Process Mapping - Executive Overview

Improving Practice in Kinship Care: Executive Overview

Brief

Kinship process mapping offers child welfare leaders valuable insight into how agency practices engage extended family networks to care for and protect children who cannot safely live with their parents. 

January 1, 2013

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User’s Guide to Essential Kinship Data

Brief

This brief guide identifies the types of data child welfare agencies should collect to track their progress in placing children who cannot return home to their families with kin.

January 1, 2013

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