Indiana Approved to Claim Federal Funding for Modern Child Welfare Technology

Posted July 17, 2014, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

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Case Commons, an Annie E. Casey Foundation grantee that has developed an innovative child welfare case management technology system, has learned that its client – the state of Indiana – has received one of the first federal waivers of funding regulations on proprietary human services software.

This pivotal development enables Indiana to request federal funding for key costs of Casebook, which is a core component of the state’s child welfare technology platform, the Management Gateway for Indiana's Kids (MaGIK).

“We are excited by MaGIK’s success in Indiana, and Casebook’s contribution,” said Kathleen Feely, vice president for innovation at the Foundation and chief executive officer at Case Commons. “America’s most vulnerable children and families too frequently do not benefit from a public child welfare system equipped with truly 21st century technology and advanced analytics. This decision could help change that equation.”

The groundwork for this decision was laid a year ago, when the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released an innovative program instruction that paved the way for states to adopt modern, cloud-based and commercial off-the-shelf solutions to support child welfare agencies.

“We are gratified by the Administration for Children and Families’ decision,” said Charles Simon, general counsel and director of policy at Case Commons. “It speaks to their commitment to states seeking to adopt transformative technologies that deliver improved outcomes for children and families.”

Casebook uses the same approach to software tools that is revolutionizing business, but that approach has been slow to penetrate human services and child welfare.

Case Commons, which created Casebook for child welfare providers around the country, also is helping to lead a discussion about how to improve technology in government.

“With this exciting news that federal funding can be used to support Indiana’s MaGIK platform, we hope that practitioners around the country will begin to consider truly 21st century solutions like Casebook,” said Heather Weston, chief operating officer. “We are here to help caseworkers, administrators and policymakers do their jobs as efficiently and effectively as possible to benefit millions of children and families nationwide.”

Casebook is a powerful example of how technology innovation can serve vulnerable children and families. We are proud of our partnership with Case Commons as it leads a growing movement to revolutionize how government puts technology to work for those most in need.

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