In 2011, Delaware’s child welfare system wasn’t just in trouble — it was in crisis, with too many teens entering out-of-home care and later exiting foster care disconnected from family. To fix this broken system, the state launched a sweeping, data-driven reform effort called Outcomes Matter. The initiative boosted morale among caseworkers and gave kids and families a critical voice in the decision-making process. But the best part? The effort helped improve the well-being of Delaware’s children and families.  

March 2, 2016

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Challenges facing Delaware’s child and family welfare system.

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    About Delaware’s Outcomes Matter initiative.

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    How Delaware used best practices to empower caseworkers.

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    How Delaware reduced the number of teens it removed from homes.

Key Takeaway

One key to improving the child welfare system in Delaware? Engaging children and their families

Delaware learned: First and above all else, system improvements have to be about child and family engagement. When systems give families a voice in the decision-making process, families have a better chance at success.

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