The Road to Success

Summary of Life-Skills Activities and Principles

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

January 1, 2006

Summary

Casey Family Services, the direct service agency of the Annie E. Casey Foundation until 2012, provided child welfare services for 30 years. Casey divisions operated in the six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont) and in Baltimore, Maryland. Over the years, Casey has gained experience and knowledge in helping youth acquire the life skills they need to lead healthy and productive lives. The hallmark of Casey's work to help foster youth address problems and achieve goals has been individualized planning, based on a youth's strengths and needs, and teamwork with the youth, foster parents, birth parents, and other team members.

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Key Takeaway

A significantly higher percentage of Casey foster youth delayed parenting beyond age 23, and were employed full or part time.

The youth transitioning from Casey foster care had better outcomes in several key areas, compared with youth transitioning from more traditional foster care. Of Casey alumni: 73% graduated from high school, compared with 60% of foster children in comparable studies. 

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