Since 1948, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has worked to build better futures for disadvantaged children and their families in the United States. The primary mission of the Foundation is to foster public policies, human service reforms, and community supports that more meet the needs of today's vulnerable children and families.
By making grants and providing direct services, the Casey Foundation is addressing the challenges in the child welfare system to ensure that all children, regardless of age, race, culture, national origin, sexual orientation, special need or complex circumstances, have lifelong connections to a caring, nurturing family.
We are fully invested in building better futures for millions of disadvantaged children in tough neighborhoods -- areas where poverty is concentrated, crime is common, safety is elusive, and essential services are unreliable.
We believe that improving the lives of disadvantaged children requires a combination of strategies designed to strengthen families and neighborhoods. Ensuring family economic security is an important part of this approach.
The Casey Foundation’s education investments have been directed toward supporting high-quality options -- such as charters and small public schools -- for improving opportunities for children and families, particularly those of color living in tough neighborhoods. Casey is now making third-grade reading achievement an increasingly important element of our place-based work, as well as a national imperative.Juvenile Justice
The Casey Foundation’s juvenile justice reform agenda is designed to improve the odds that delinquent youth can make successful transitions to adulthood, primarily by reforming juvenile justice system so that they lock up fewer youth, rely more on proven, family-focused interventions, and create opportunities for positive youth development.