An Instagram Live Conversation: Keeping Kids in Families
Kids deserve to grow up in families — not institutions. Yet, across the United States today, 55,000 children are still living in group placement facilities.
What better alternatives exist?
During an Instagram Live conversation, recorded on June 27, 2022, Casey’s own Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez, explores the need for child welfare systems to identify practices that reduce reliance on group placements and shorten young people’s time in care.
During the session, Gasca-Gonzalez, who serves as vice president of the Casey Foundation’s Center for Systems Innovation, talks with researcher Antonio M. Oftelie about his report, Transforming Congregate Care.
Released by the Lutheran Services in America with support from the Casey Foundation, the report highlights promising programs and practices that can serve as guideposts for future reform. Oftelie is both a board member of Lutheran Services and the executive director of Leadership for a Networked World, an applied research initiative at Harvard University.
Over the course of their chat, Gasca-Goonzalez and Oftelie offer ideas and advice on evolving societal conditions as well as child welfare and justice system practices to keep children more in their homes.