This report tells how Virginia’s leaders and the Annie E. Casey Foundation worked together to pull off the near impossible: They won over jaded frontline workers to build a new child welfare system from scratch—and make it stick. Today, this family-focused system is driven by data, teeming with best practices and serves as a magnet for collaboration and local innovation (Another bonus? It’s saved Virginians $100 million in just two years). 

January 1, 2010

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How Virginia saved its failing child welfare system.

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    How the Foundation aided this effort.

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    The importance of collaboration.

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    The power of data-driven decision making.

Key Takeaway

Virginia and the Foundation hashed out a broad, two-pronged approach to reform.

In 2006, Virginia’s inefficient and expensive child welfare system led the nation in aging youths out of foster care without a network of support. By partnering with the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Child Welfare Strategy Group, the state turned this statistic around while instituting sweeping system-wide changes aimed at fostering stable, supportive families with no expiration date. Virginia and the Foundation hashed out a broad, two-pronged approach to reform: Part 1: Review state policies and practices; Part 2: Go local.  

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