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Family to Family Tools

The Casey Foundation has developed specific tools for reforming child welfare. These were written by teams of our nation's leading experts on child welfare -- the people doing the work. Each is built on lessons learned working inside child welfare agencies and with community and political leaders.

For many of the following titles, you can view a one-page fact sheet or the complete manual. Download each of them below. Some titles are available in our Order Publications section.

For more information on publications or authors, please contact familytofamily@aecf.org.

Our Work Flyer Revised Spring 2006
This two-page flyer describes Family to Family's principles, outcomes, goals, and strategies.
English Version
Spanish Version

 

Family to Family Key Elements
Key elements of the Family to Family's four core strategies: team decisionmaking, building community partnerships, self-evaluation, and recruitment, development, and support.
5 pages (PDF)

 

A Family for Every Child: Strategies to Achieve Permanence for Older Foster Children and Youth
72 pages (PDF)  Also available in Order Publications

 

Implementing the Values and Strategies of Family to Family
64 pages (PDF)  Also available in Order Publications 

  

Family to Family: Lessons Learned
36 pages (PDF)  Also available in Order Publications 

 

Recruitment, Training, & Support: The Essential Tools of Foster Care
Fact Sheet
Complete Manual (PDF)   Also available in Order Publications 
Spanish version (PDF)
About the Authors

 

The Need for Self-Evaluation: Using Data to Guide Policy and Practice (Revised July 2001)
Fact Sheet
Complete Manual (PDF)   Also available in Order Publications 
Spanish version (PDF)  
About the Authors

 

Strategic Communications: Media Relations for Child Welfare
Fact Sheet
Complete Manual (PDF)
About the Authors

 

Building Support for Innovation Inside Child Welfare Agencies 
Fact Sheet
Complete Manual (PDF)

 

Building Community Partnerships in Child Welfare

Part One
Building Partnerships with Neighborhoods and Local Communities 

Fact Sheet
Complete Manual (PDF)
Spanish version (PDF)

Additional Building Partnerships Resource Documents:
Building Community Partnerships: Step by Step  Also available in Order Publications 
Building Community Partnerships: Step by Step – Appendices A - P

Part Two
Team Decisionmaking (TDM):
Involving the Family and Community in Child Welfare Decisions (revised September 2002)
Fact Sheet
Complete Manual (PDF)   Also available in Order Publications 
Spanish version (PDF)
About the Authors

Additional Team Decisionmaking Resource Documents: 
Frequently Asked Questions about TDM (Jan 2005 - PDF)
TDM: Implementation: Issues to Consider In Planning (Jan 2005 – PDF)
Implementing TDM: Sequencing Suggestions (Jan 2005 – PDF)
TDM Indicators and Outcomes (Jan 2005 – PDF)*
TDM Quarterly Report (Jan 2007 – PDF)
The Role of the Community Representative at TDM Meetings (May 2005 – PDF)
TDM Protocol/Policy Outline (July 2006 – PDF)
Domestic Violence: In the Moment Strategies for TDM Facilitators (May 2004 – PDF)

Part Three
Walking our Talk in the Neighborhoods:
Partnerships between Professionals and Natural Helpers
Fact Sheet
Complete Manual (PDF) 
About the Authors

Part Four
People Helping People
Partnerships between Professionals and Natural Helpers
Fact Sheet
Complete Manual (PDF)
About the Authors

 

The Challenge of Drug Abuse in Child Welfare

Part One
Back From the Brink:
Women, Crack, and the Child Welfare System
Fact Sheet
Complete Manual (PDF)
About the Authors

Part Two
Working With Drug-Affected Families:
Training for Child Welfare Workers
Fact Sheet
About the Authors

Part Three
START:
A Child Welfare Model for Drug-Affected Families
Fact Sheet
Complete Manual (PDF)
About the Authors

 

 Collaboration for Change

Part One
A Model for Public and Private Child Welfare Partnership 

Fact Sheet
Complete Manual (PDF)

Part Two
Partnerships between Corrections and Child Welfare
 
Fact Sheet
Complete Manual (PDF)

 

Shortening Children's Stay in Temporary Care

Part One
Policies and Practice to Shorten Children's Stay in Temporary Care
Complete Manual (PDF)

Part Two
Innovative Programs 

Combined Fact Sheet
Complete Manual (PDF)

 

Building Support for Child Welfare's Frontline Workers

Part One
Safety First:
Dealing with the Daily Challenges of Child Welfare
Fact Sheet
Complete Manual (PDF)
About the Authors

Part Two
The Resiliency Workshop:
A Tool to Lessen Burnout in Child Welfare
Fact Sheet
Complete Manual (PDF)
About the Authors

 

In addition, several booklets, videos, reprints and evaluation reports have been developed on the initiative. These can be downloaded below:

Family to Family: Reconstructing Foster Care
An Initiative Overview
Brochure - 11 pages (PDF)

Products of the Evaluation of Family to Family (available online only):

  • Family to Family Evaluation Plan (2007)
  • Family to Family Implementation Analysis Report (2007)
  • Final Evaluation Report (1998)

The Challenges of implementing the initiative (1997) - 37 pages (PDF)

Family to Family:
Building Bridges for Child Welfare with Families, Neighborhoods, and Communities
. An article reprinted from the December 1999 issue of POLICY & PRACTICE, the journal of the American Public Human Services Association.
Reprint - 6 pages (PDF)
Spanish version (PDF)

DVDs:

  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation: Family to Family Initiative (includes four videos in English and Spanish: Building Partnerships in Child Welfare (16 min.); Team Decisionmaking: Involving Family and Community in Child Welfare Decisions (21 min.); Voices of Youth: Supporting Adolescents in Foster Care (17:30 min.); and Make a Difference (10:05 min.) Available in Order Publications

Videos:

  • Building Partnerships in Child Welfare (16 min)
  • Building Partnerships in Child Welfare - Spanish subtitled version (16 min)
  • Team Decisionmaking: Involving Family and Community in Child Welfare Decisions (21 min.)
  • Voices of Youth: Supporting Adolescents in Foster Care (17 1/2 min.)
  • Make a Difference (10:05 min) 

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Additional Resources

At the Table: A national newsletter written for and by Team Decisionmaking facilitators and supervisors to exchange site news, practice information and announcements. Read the Summer 2008 issue.


Undercounted. Underserved. Immigrant and Refugee Families in the Child Welfare System
56 pages (PDF)

 

 


Partners

The Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Family to Family initiative are collaborating with the following partners. In addition to the resources below, you may view their websites for more information about these organizations.

Youth Communication publishes the following newsletters:

Family Violence Prevention Fund publications: