Every child needs and deserves to grow up in a safe, loving, and nurturing family – a family whose support is unconditional and will last a lifetime. Yet for the half million children in foster care on any given day, these necessary family connections are too often lost. The Casey Foundation publishes and funds publications and multi-media to help policy-makers, practitioners, researchers and others address the challenge of providing lifelong connections for every child.
See also Our Work: Child Welfare/Permanence, an overview of Casey's investment in child welfare/permanence.
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Team Decision Making: Engaging Families in Placement Decisions
In the past 30 years, a growing number of human services leaders and experts have concluded that the single-person decision-making model is an inherently flawed way of making quality placement decisions for children who come to the attention of the public child welfare agency. This case study examines how three have woven a practice known as Team Decision Making (TDM) into standard child welfare practice.
When Child Welfare Works: A Working Paper
Research and analysis, combined with lessons learned from public systems, have led to widespread recognition that the federal child welfare financing system needs to support best practices to ensure that all children have the opportunity to grow up in strong families. This paper outlines a policy framework and recommendations to encourage best practices in four areas: permanence and well-being; quality family foster care; a capable, supported child welfare workforce; and, better access to services.
Reconnecting Child Development and Child Welfare: A Summary
Nearly one in five children involved in the child welfare system spends time in a residential facility. Yet, research indicates that these residential settings do not prepare kids to develop needed family relationships to guide their social and emotional development. To support better outcomes for kids, experts propose limiting the use of residential placements to short-term therapeutic treatment that engages families and targets kids’ specific needs. The following research-based recommendations resulted from an August 2012 conference of international child development experts convened by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Youth Law Center.
Reconnecting Child Development and Child Welfare: Evolving Perspectives on Residential Placement
Nearly one in five kids involved in the child welfare system spends time in a residential facility. Yet, child development and child welfare experts confirm that these group settings do not allow kids to develop the family relationships they need to guide their social and emotional development. This paper summarizes a 2012 convening of researchers in the fields of child development and child welfare who propose limiting residential placements to short-term therapeutic treatment that engages families and targets children’s specific needs.
Four Approaches to Family Team Meetings
A growing number of child welfare agencies use family team meetings to engage families in case-planning and decision making. While federal legislation encourages this practice, research has not yet identified which family team meeting models work best. This publication compares four family team meeting models that are supported by preliminary research.