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.        

July 21, 2006

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How Family to Family strategies were expected to impact the public child welfare system.

  2. 2

    Which measures specific to children in foster placement would increase and which ones would decrease as a result of the initiative.

  3. 3

    The broad strategies used by the communities participating in Family to Family.

  4. 4

    How the principles, expected outcomes, goals and strategies provide the overall framework for the Family to Family initiative.

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.