Preparing for the Road Ahead

Helping Young People Transition from Foster Care to Adulthood


This report reflects on the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative’s vision for building on its successes to help youth and young adults thrive socially, emotionally, financially, intellectually and physically.

August 16, 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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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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Leading the Way: Colorado Makes Kinship Care a Priority for Kids in Foster Care

Blog Post

In 2003, Colorado’s Division of Child Welfare placed 1,483 children in residential treatment centers. By 2016, this figure dropped 65% to 526, and the number of kinship placements in Colorado nearly doubled, from 1,308 to 2,401. The state’s dramatic shift toward kinship care is rooted in research and the result of an intensive consulting engagement the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

July 25, 2017

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ARC Reflections Facilitator Guide for Session One

Understanding Trauma

Training Curriculum

The ARC Reflections training curriculum walks a facilitator — slide by slide — through a session’s content. Session One focuses on understanding the types of trauma, how some trauma exposures are less obvious than others and how trauma influences the behaviors of kids and teens in foster care. 

October 12, 2017

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