Every Kid Needs a Family: Putting Kin First in Washington, D.C.

Blog Post

When young people come into the care of the child welfare system and cannot live with their own parents, the next best thing a caseworker can do is to find a loving relative or close friend who can keep the child close to home in every sense. Washington, D.C.’s Child and Family Services Agency has made finding kin a top priority, creating a rapid turnaround process to make it as easy as possible for kin to take on the responsibility of caring for a young person.

May 19, 2015

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In Their Best Interest: Placing Kids in Families From the Start

Blog Post

Research shows that families are essential to a child’s healthy development. Additionally, federal law requires that children removed from their homes are placed in the least restrictive setting possible — the setting most like a family. Yet a recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report found that 4 out of 10 children in group placements had no reason warrenting such a restrictive setting.

May 19, 2015

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Casey Connects: Spring 2012

No Place Like Home

Newsletter

This issue of Casey Connects explores the power of relationships and the importance of connecting young people in foster care to permanent families. It highlights the work of Casey’s Child Welfare Strategy Group and Casey Family Services as well as a recent report on adolescent brain development by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.        

February 20, 2012

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Casey Connects: Summer 2000

2000 KIDS COUNT Emphasizes Need For Connections

Newsletter

This issue of Casey Connects highlights the 2000 KIDS COUNT Data Book essay along with Casey initiatives and partnerships out to transform the lives of vulnerable families and children — be it through better job training, social connections, immigrant supports or direct services. 

June 23, 2000

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Does Your Child Welfare Agency Have a Practice Model?

Blog Post

The most effective child welfare agencies establish practice models that describe how they partner with families and the community and keep them focused on their goals. In its child welfare leader's desk guide, the Casey Foundation outlines how these practice models create high-performing agencies. 

April 29, 2016

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