A Child Welfare Leader’s Desk Guide to Building a HIgh-Performing Agency is designed to help busy child welfare leaders gauge their agency’s effectiveness and chart a course toward measureable improvement. Part Two of the Desk Guide includes research, references and appendices that will help leaders and their staff make the business case for improving policies and practices, with a goal of improving how children in the child welfare system fare.
Part Two includes 20 pages of references on the 10 practices of high-performing child welfare agencies. Four appendices are also included. The first describes child welfare innovations and strategies developed through Casey Foundation investments. The second lists states that have extended foster care from age 18 to 21 as of 2014. The third describes how data specialists can develop and use Entry Cohort Longitudinal Data to assess how children in their system are faring. The fourth describes how data specialists can measure racial and other disparities in children’s outcomes.
Part One of the desk guide presents targeted information on 10 practices, including 10 outcomes and 15 measures that are arguably the heart of most child welfare improvements. Leaders can use these and other measures throughout the desk guide to compare their agency results to other systems across the country.
This guide helps leaders make the case for securing high-performing agency resources
Findings & Stats
Care to 21
20 states plus DC have extended care to age 21 for young people who turn 18 while in the custody of a child welfare agency.
Entry cohort data, instead of point-in-time or exit cohort data, best represents the performance of any child welfare system.
Triad of Strategies
Casey, in conjunction with partners in states and municipalities across the country, has developed three types of strategies — policy, organizational and frontline practice.
The bond between siblings is frequently stronger and longer-lasting than any other bond, including with parents. This is particularly true for abused and neglected children.
Aging Out Woes
For young women who age out of foster care, 71% will be pregnant before age 21, with 62% becoming pregnant more than once.
Statements & Quotations
In the child welfare field, several different calculations are used to assess disparity. The goal is to determine at which decision points children of different races may experience inequitable outcomes.
By valuing each child’s experience equally — no more and no less than each deserves — longitudinal data can accurately capture the system’s performance.
Case planning and case management that are consistent with a practice model are strong predictors of positive permanency outcomes, and planning, case management and assessment are predictive of positive well-being outcomes.
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