Register for Child Welfare Webinar on Connecting Kids to Family Through Casework


Every kid needs a family — which is why child welfare casework should focus on family relationships and permanence. To learn how public agencies can implement high-performing practices, join the Casey Foundation for Getting to Permanence: The Practices of High-Performing Child Welfare Agencies, a webinar at 2 p.m. EST on July 19, 2016.

June 30, 2016

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What the Data Says: Adoption and Kids in Foster Care

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In 2014, 107,916 children in America’s foster care system were waiting to be adopted. While nearly half of these children were adopted within two years, 29% waited three or more years to experience this milestone.

August 12, 2016

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Foster Care Alums Weigh In: Building a Better Exit Plan

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The Casey Foundation’s Lisa Hamilton recently spoke to Samanthya Amann and Brittany Hunter about their personal paths out of foster care. Both women talked about the barriers they faced, what strategies and supports they used, and what a smoother exit from the system could look like.

November 23, 2016

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Help Teens Find Family: Videos for Caseworkers


In Every Kid Needs a Family: A Message to Caseworkers, young people who spent time in foster care make a compelling argument that caseworkers need to persist in connecting teens with family — because every teen needs a family. A new discussion guide helps caseworkers incorporate the video into their work.

January 17, 2017

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Every Kid Needs a Family

Giving Children in the Child Welfare System the Best Chance for Success


This KIDS COUNT policy report underscores a simple fact about childhood: Family matters. Yet, today in America, 57,000 children are still living in group placements. Readers will learn about limiting the role of residential treatment care to its intended purpose and how state and local leaders can work together to enhance family-oriented services and supports. The end goal? Brighter futures — and loving families — for some of our country’s most vulnerable children. View the list of KIDS COUNT Outreach Partners, a network of organizations who help to promote KIDS COUNT data and its policy recommendations.

May 19, 2015

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