Hard Times Made Harder

Struggling Caregivers and Child Neglect

Brief

Using data from a national survey, this brief links specific caregiver struggles to a higher incidence of out-of-home placements among neglected children. It closes with one clear recommendation: Offer integrated — and early — caregiver support services to help counter this trend and better aid America’s at-risk children and families. 

September 23, 2010

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When Teens and Parents Can’t Get Along: Prevention, Not Placement, Is the Answer

Blog Post

The child welfare system was created to care for abused and neglected children. But too often, teenagers are landing in the system because they simply aren't getting along with their parents, not because they have been abused or neglected. But as highlighted in a new Casey Foundation report, Too Many Teens: Preventing Unnecessary Out-of-Home Placements, needless placements can contribute to a teen's downward spiral. 

February 16, 2015

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Too Many Teens

Preventing Unnecessary Out-of-Home Placements

Report

This report discusses the hidden fact that too often teenagers are landing in the child welfare system not because they have been abused or neglected, but because they simply aren’t getting along with their parents.

February 12, 2015

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Implementing ChildStat

A “how-to” guide for child welfare and other client-serving systems

Report

ChildStat is a management accountability and quality improvement process created to examine New York City’s child welfare outcomes. This 28-page guide describes the history, goals and core features of the approach, along with lessons learned about implementation.

February 5, 2015

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The Connecticut Turnaround

Case Study

Report

This report summarizes how Connecticut has made substantial progress in 5 years turning around its troubled child welfare agency. Partnering with the Casey Foundation and others, the state has instituted improvements, driven down the number of kids removed from homes and ensured that children entering state custody live in families whenever possible, not in group placements. 

March 6, 2015

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10 Practices Part Two

Making the Business Case: Research and References for 10 Practices and Appendices

Report

The Child Welfare Leader’s Desk Guide is designed to help busy child welfare leaders gauge their agency’s effectiveness and chart a course toward measureable improvement. Part two of the Desk Guide includes research, references and appendices that will help leaders and their staff make the business case for improving policies and practices, with a goal of improving how children in the child welfare system fare.

April 9, 2015

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A Child Welfare Leader’s Desk Guide to Building a High-Performing Agency

10 Practices Part One

Report

The child welfare leader’s desk guide is designed to help busy child welfare leaders gauge their agency’s effectiveness and chart a course toward measureable improvement. New leaders will benefit from the desk guide’s structured, yet flexible road map for assessing their agency’s strengths and opportunities and creating an agenda for change.

April 9, 2015

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Foster Care to 21: Doing it Right

Brief

This issue brief outlines critical questions and policy moves for states to consider when extending foster care to age 21. It champions comprehensive, developmentally-appropriate programs that offer youth the priceless opportunity to have more time, support and space to grow into successful adults.   

April 19, 2011

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Too Many Kids in U.S. Child Welfare Systems Not Living in Families

News Release

On any given night, about 57,000 children under the care of our nation’s child welfare systems are going to bed without the care and comfort of a family. In its latest KIDS COUNT policy report, Every Kid Needs a Family: Giving Children in the Child Welfare System the Best Chance for Success, the Foundation highlights this and other sobering statistics that point to the urgent need to ensure, through sound policies and proven practices, that everything possible is being done to find loving, nurturing and supported families to help raise more of these children.

May 19, 2015

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