The Foundation’s former print newsletter documented our work across the country to help vulnerable children and families succeed. Today, Casey Connects is the name of the Foundation’s blog.
For too many children, access to opportunity is limited by the places where they grow up. Children living in high-poverty neighborhoods are too often derailed by economic instability, inadequate services and poor preparation, starting in early childhood, to succeed in school and life. Strategies that help parents get on a more secure economic footing while simultaneously addressing early barriers to success for children can change this trajectory. In this issue, you’ll see how Baltimore and Atlanta are addressing multiple challenges to help families thrive and about how communities nationwide are benefiting from a national campaign to ensure that children reach the critical milestone of reading proficiently by third grade.
Every child needs and deserves a permanent family whose support is unconditional. Research shows that the odds of a successful transition to adulthood are severely compromised when young people are cut off from a family environment and left to languish in group care. Focusing specifically on efforts to reduce the use of congregate care in the child welfare system, this issue offers examples of how a new practice model is reducing the time kids spend in foster care; how new research on teenage brain development is promoting better policies and practices for older youth in foster care; and how jurisdictions successfully are transitioning more youth from group care to family settings.
This issue reflects on a decade of investments in four interrelated areas: tapping the strengths of faith-based organizations; removing stumbling blocks to opportunity for people returning from incarceration and their families; providing a foundation for healthy relationships and marriages; and supporting strong and responsible fatherhood. The articles describe the impact of these efforts on individual people and family-serving organizations.
In this issue, President and CEO Patrick McCarthy discusses honoring founder Jim Casey’s legacy through the Foundation’s core values. Highlights include Casey’s launch of a local campaign for grade-level reading in Connecticut, a new web-based tool with the potential to transform child welfare case management and Casey’s work to make evidence-based practice the norm in serving children and families.
This Casey Connects reflects upon Doug Nelson’s tenure as the Foundation’s president. Also included are articles on child welfare lawsuits, informing and influencing public policy, social investments and data driven reform.
This issue explores ways that Casey is working to make sure new public policies benefit vulnerable families.
This special policy issue provides a framework for improving federal policy in areas where the Foundation has the deepest experience and the best evidence of successful strategies. Included are recommendations for reducing poverty and promoting opportunity, reforming the child welfare system, rebuilding the juvenile justice system and improving the nation’s data on children and families.
Sustaining improved outcomes for children is enormously difficult when their families face so much stress and distress because of economic circumstances. This issue describes how the Casey Foundation has stepped up efforts to support promising efforts nationwide to combat poverty, while also building the popular and political will needed to spur action by federal, state and local policymakers. The issue also features highlights of the 2008 KIDS COUNT Data Book, which includes an essay offering a roadmap for reforming the nation’s juvenile justice system.
Why is a Foundation devoted to disadvantaged children supporting major redevelopment projects in Baltimore and beyond? Casey’s community change strategy is grounded in the belief that improving distressed neighborhoods will boost children’s odds for success. The issue highlights efforts in Baltimore and other cities to promote responsible redevelopment — to ensure that residents who either stay or are relocated truly benefit and that the rebuilding process is carried out in partnership with the community.
Visit any community where the Foundation provides support and you’ll find a common denominator: talented, passionate residents who are deeply involved and assuming leadership. The issue describes just how pivotal community engagement is to the Casey mission. It also highlights examples of how we work directly with community members to make a significant difference in the lives of children and families.
This issue highlights steps being taken and markers of progress in an emerging national movement to ensure that no child grows to adulthood without a lifelong connection to a caring adult. The issue also celebrates four new organizations honored by the Casey Foundation’s Families Count program.
Learn how the KIDS COUNT Data Book is urging support for family-based child care. Also, Casey Family Services marks 30 years of helping kid and families.
This issue highlights the Juvenile Detention Reform Initiative (JDAI) and how detention systems are failing to meet the needs of girls.
Learn how KIDS COUNT is highlights barriers to employment and a Casey report calls attention to plight of kids living on the border.
In this issue the articles focus on pursuing permanent families for children and youth and reducing racial disparities in child welfare.
This issue focuses on applying Casey lessons to rural poverty and using deposits to invest in community well-being.
This issue focuses on executive leadership transitions in nonprofits and the impact that Earned Income Tax Credit campaigns have on low-income workers.
This issue highlights efforts for successful reintegration and the important of leadership in sustaining Family to Family reforms.
This issue contains articles that focus on immigrant and refugee families struggle to survive in America, National Family Week and the Charitable Giving Act.
Learn how Casey and grantees are countering the hidden costs of poverty.
This issue explores the role of the faith community in family strengthening.
In this issue, articles focus on family strengthening messages, National Family Week and on the resource center. Also included is a story of one community group offering self-help to low-income families who desire to achieve a piece of the “American Dream.”
This issue focuses on making work count for low-income families, racial disparities in juvenile detention and the role of cultural competency in connecting workers to jobs.
In this issue the articles focus on the welfare reform debate, programs working to make fathers count and conference highlights focused on a team approach to foster care.
This issue focuses on the Foundation’s juvenile justice, family economic success and immigration work.
This issue contains articles on mobilizing resources in response to terrorism, adoption and child welfare practice. Also included are reflections of the Families Count Honorees.
This issue focuses on children transitioning from foster care, the Casey Strategic Consulting Group’s work to reform public agencies and the advocacy of some Bridgeport activists.
In this issue, articles focus on using data in the Making Connections Initiative and the impact of the MC3 welfare reform conference.
This issue focuses on the Oakland Citizens’ Rally for small schools, the 2001 National Families Count honorees and profiles a new group of Casey Fellows.
This issue includes articles on tailor-made technical assistance, the Families Count Honorees and the KIDS COUNT State Network.
This issue focuses on the 2000 KIDS COUNT Data Book, the work of Casey Family Services and challenges faced by immigrant families.
This issue focuses on the grants process, child welfare reform and learnings from foster care changes.
Casey refocuses on family and neighborhoods. In addition, seven local foundations awarded “Families Count” Honors.