Family to Family: Our Work Flyer

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

July 21, 2006

Summary

The Foundation created the Family to Family initiative around four principles including child safety, families, communities and partnerships. Strategies supported in Family to Family communities funded by the Foundation included recruiting, developing and supporting neighborhood-based foster families; building community partnerships; using a team to make child placement decisions; and measuring results. The document includes the changes required in the child welfare system as well as the measures used to determine child outcomes.        

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Key Takeaway

Partnerships and Neighborhood-Based Services were Key

To achieve the expected outcomes for children in foster care, public child welfare agencies needed to establish partnerships with a range of community agencies and work at the neighborhood level.  Any placements of children required the input of mutliple individuals involved in the care of the child.  Placement options were focused on family homes within the child's community.