Indiana’s previous child welfare system was gaining attention for all the wrong reasons, including its penchant for pulling children from their homes. Cue new leadership and a new partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which championed a dramatic rebuilding of the state’s child services system and introduced its caseworkers to a radical new concept: Work with families—not against them.  

January 1, 2012

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How Indiana revamped its failing child services system.

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    How the Foundation’s Child Welfare Strategy Group aided this effort.

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    The priorities set by the state in its child services system, and how they intend to implement them.

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    Next steps to support the new system’s long term success.

Key Takeaway

Child Welfare Strategy Group works within children and families services systems at the state and local level

Keys to launching Indiana’s new child services system include: 

  1. Leadership buy-in; 
  2. Legislation to limit caseloads and unify funding; 
  3. Advanced education and training requirements; 
  4. A dedicated quality-assurance team;
  5. Data-driven decision making; and
  6. A family-first doctrine for aiding children.   

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