Implementing Change in Child Welfare: Lessons from Family to Family

By Research Triangle Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Annie E. Casey Foundation

October 2, 1997


This research report sums up an extensive evaluation of Casey’s Family to Family initiative comparing traditional child welfare models in six areas:  service, resources, supports, information, partnerships and perceptions. The research uses information collected through a series of focus groups with workers and foster parents to examine their attitudes, beliefs and self-reported practice patterns in the third year of the Family to Family Initiative’s implementation phase.

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Key Takeaway

Success Depends on Partnerships Between Case Workers and Foster Parents

Foster care is a service delivered by line workers and foster parents. The degree to which Family to Family is successful depended largely on two factors: 1) the extent to which workers and foster parents were willing and able to engage in a partnership with each other and with the birth parents; and 2) how well the agency’s policies, structure and resources supported this partnership on a day-to-day basis.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations