Lifelong Families Guardianship Case Study

Mealea

Brief

This is part of a set of case studies which illustrate how Lifelong Families – a practice model developed and tested by the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s former direct service agency – helped advance permanency outcomes for older youth in treatment foster care. This case study highlights how Mealea achieved permanence through guardianship.

January 1, 2012

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Learning While Doing in the Human Services Sector

Becoming a Learning Organization through Organizational Change

Report

This summary report describes the origins, processes and outcomes of the learning-while-doing approach and presents lessons learned from Casey Family Services that other child welfare providers and human service organizations may apply as they engage in organizational change.

January 15, 2011

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What is Permanence?

Blog Post

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.

February 5, 2012

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Building Successful Resource Families Practice Guide

A Guide for Public Agencies

Practice Guide

This practice guide provides information on how to recruit, develop and support resource families for child welfare agencies. It outlines best practices and specific tools identified by the Casey Foundation as effective in the field.

February 5, 2012

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How Casey Promotes Permanence for Kids in Child Welfare

Blog Post

The Casey Foundation believes all children need and deserve a family, and, therefore, has invested significantly in advancing permanence for those children and young people in the foster care system. Permanence can take the form of a return to birth family, kinship care, guardianship or adoption.

February 5, 2012

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Families Like Yours

2008-2009 Recruitment Initiative of Casey Family Services

Practice Guide

This resource includes four separate documents outlining the conceptual framework for the recruitment initiative as well as the implementation and tracking of a nine-strategy plan to recruit foster and adoptive parents who matched the needs of youth in treatment foster care at Casey Family Services, the Foundation's former direct services agency. It includes an overall review of the recruitment practices, as well as forms and tools for setting agency recruitment goals concurrently with implementation of the agency’s Lifelong Families practice model. This model is intended to serve as a method of improving foster care practice within private child welfare agencies and advancing permanency outcomes for those in care, especially older youth in treatment foster care.

January 1, 2012

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Team Decision Making Case Study

Engaging Families in Placement Decisions

Report

A discussion of the importance of engaging family, friends and community in child welfare decisions regarding child removal, reunification and placement.

March 5, 2014

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Lifelong Families Case Practice Standards Manual

Training Manual

Practice Guide

This policy and procedures manual for social workers delineates how Casey incorporated family strengthening and permanency planning into all aspects of its child welfare practice framework – assessments, assignments, planning, placement, decision making, teaming, referrals. 

January 15, 2012

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