Chafee Plus Ten

A Vision for the Next Decade


This report, produced on the 10th anniversary of the Chafee Foster Care Independence Act, compiles a decade worth of lessons about helping foster care kids succeed as adults. 

April 26, 2010

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Casey Connects: Spring 2005

Pursuing Permanent Children for Families and Youth


This issue of Casey Connects spotlights the Foundation’s efforts on 2 fronts: 1) helping kids in foster care find loving, permanent families; and 2) reducing racial disparities throughout the child welfare system. A smaller story recognizes 6 movers and shakers in the child welfare field, including 4 former Families Count honorees.   

March 21, 2005

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What Young People Need to Thrive

Leveraging the Strengthening Families Act to Promote Normalcy


This brief draws upon the voices of young people in transition from foster care to adulthood to explore the need and strategies for providing typical experiences — or normalcy — for kids in foster care. 

November 12, 2015

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Mental Health Practice

Guidelines for Child Welfare

Practice Guide

This publication shares guidelines for improving the behavioral health of youth in state custody. Child welfare experts, behavioral health leaders, and child and youth advocates developed this guidance as part of a 2-day conference convened by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Casey Family Programs and The REACH Institute.

March 31, 2009

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Crisis — and Opportunity — in Delaware’s Child Welfare System


In 2011, Delaware’s child welfare system wasn’t just in trouble — it was in crisis, with too many teens entering out-of-home care and later exiting foster care disconnected from family. To fix this broken system, the state launched a sweeping, data-driven reform effort called Outcomes Matter. The initiative boosted morale among caseworkers and gave kids and families a critical voice in the decision-making process. But the best part? The effort helped improve the well-being of Delaware’s children and families.  

March 2, 2016

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Keeping Systems Accountable and Young People Engaged


The federal Strengthening Families Act (SFA) provides new opportunities for child welfare agencies to create typical family experiences for children and youth in foster care. In this third installment of a six-part webinar series, the Foundation’s Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative highlights key SFA provisions that leverage the law’s enforcement mechanisms to not only improve outcomes for kids, but establish better practices from the start.

May 2, 2016

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