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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Authentic Youth Engagement

Youth-Adult Partnerships

Brief

This issue brief outlines how child welfare agencies can support both strong youth-adult partnerships and authentic youth engagement. The end goal is simple: Help young people in foster care become meaningfully invested — and connected — as they move toward adulthood.   This publication is a product of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.      

April 29, 2012

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Enduring Assets

The Financial Lives of Young People Transitioning from Foster Care

Report

This report examines the financials habits, perspectives, struggles and success of Opportunity Passport program participants. Developed by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, Opportunity Passport aims to offer critical financial practice and guidance to youth who are transitioning out of foster care.  

May 4, 2012

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Child Advocacy Primer

Tips and Tools for Improving Your Child Advocacy Skills

Practice Guide

This guide reviews 10 key child advocacy skills, such as setting an agenda, leveraging communication tools, and creating a coalition. At nearly every turn, readers will learn important questions to ask, examples of successful strategies and resources for learning more. 

December 24, 2006

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The Opportunity Passport

Building Assets for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

Report

This report shares select statistics and stories from the Opportunity Passport’s first five years. Readers will learn how the program — developed by the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative — is connecting young people with essential financial opportunities as they transition from foster care.   

June 5, 2009

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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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