Building Support for Innovation Inside Child Welfare Agencies

Tools for Rebuilding Foster Care

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

August 10, 2001


This report focuses on organization development tools as an approach to supporting change within child welfare organizations. Multiple tools are described and applied within the context of one of four child welfare change scenarios. The document includes an overview of systems thinking and lists where, when, why, what and who might use a particular organizational development tool. A few tools are described in detail with examples.       

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Key Takeaway

Organization Development Tools Are Well-Suited to Managing Change Within Child Welfare Organizations

As part of the Casey Foundation’s Family to Family initiative, child welfare agencies were required to integrate new approaches within their systems while continuing operations. The tools and approaches of organization development helped grantees increase their organizational effectiveness while introducing, managing and sustaining change.

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