Family to Family: Lessons Learned

Tools for Rebuilding Foster Care

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

July 1, 2001


The nation’s child welfare system is struggling. The workers are overloaded and unable to attend to the children in their care. Family to Family is a Casey Foundation reform effort working to develop a network of family foster care that is more neighborhood-based, culturally sensitive and located primarily in the communities in which the children live. This report presents what Casey has learned in implementing Family to Family to make life better for these kids. 

Table of Contents

Key Takeaway

Foster Care Dilemma

Without major restructuring, the family foster care system in the United States can’t meet the needs of children who must be separated from their families. One indicator of the deterioration of the system has been the steady decline in available foster families while the number of children needing care has increased.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations