How the Jim Casey Initiative Engages Young People

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Through the Jim Casey Initiative's nearly 15 years of experience in authentic youth engagement, Casey has identified three core values and guiding principles that enable us — and any organization or individual working with young people — to develop successful partnerships between young people and adults.

March 1, 2016

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In Pursuit of Normalcy: Better Care for Children in Foster Care

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Annie E. Casey President and CEO Patrick McCarthy recently told a White House audience that one law has taken a critical step in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care. Its promise? A sense of normalcy for foster kids and foster parents.  

August 24, 2015

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Every Kid Needs a Family: Putting Kin First in Washington, D.C.

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When young people come into the care of the child welfare system and cannot live with their own parents, the next best thing a caseworker can do is to find a loving relative or close friend who can keep the child close to home in every sense. Washington, D.C.’s Child and Family Services Agency has made finding kin a top priority, creating a rapid turnaround process to make it as easy as possible for kin to take on the responsibility of caring for a young person.

May 19, 2015

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In Their Best Interest: Placing Kids in Families From the Start

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Research shows that families are essential to a child’s healthy development. Additionally, federal law requires that children removed from their homes are placed in the least restrictive setting possible — the setting most like a family. Yet a recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report found that 4 out of 10 children in group placements had no reason warrenting such a restrictive setting.

May 19, 2015

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