California Adopts Innovative Tools to Improve Child Welfare Outcomes

Blog Post

Two technology-related nonprofits, both started with seed money from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, are gaining traction and recently began work in California. Case Commons and Kids Insight have been tapped to help improve the state’s capacity for using data to improve outcomes for children and families in the child welfare system.

January 17, 2017

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Help Teens Find Family: Videos for Caseworkers

Video

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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Questions Courts Must Ask Before Placing Children in Group Homes

Blog Post

A Casey-supported report from the Building Bridges Initiative and Association of Children’s Residential Centers outlines specific questions for judges, lawyers and other professionals in the child welfare and juvenile justice fields to consider before assigning youth to a residential treatment facility.

March 28, 2017

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Using Integrated Data Systems to Strengthen Collective Impact in Out-Of-School Programs

How nonprofit organizations in two localities use IDS data to improve their enrollees’ school performance and strengthen collective impact

Brief

This case study is one in a series of briefs that show how to invest in and use integrated data systems (IDS) in local jurisdictions to improve policies, programs and practice. This brief presents out-of-school collective impact initiatives in North Carolina and Texas and their use of data from a local IDS to improve educational outcomes for their enrollees and allocate resources more effectively.   

April 25, 2017

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The Road to Adulthood

Aligning Child Welfare Practice With Adolescent Brain Development

Report

With knowledge of how the adolescent brain matures, adults can do more to ensure that the road leaving foster care will take young people to self-sufficiency and successful adulthood. And this guide tells how.

July 22, 2017

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