The Promise and Challenge of Mentoring High-Risk Youth

Findings from the National Faith-Based Initiative

…programs aimed at supporting older, high-risk youth. Readers will explore data-driven findings, moves ... to make and challenges to consider when designing similar programs that connect caring adults with youth ... How to mentor older, high-risk youth. ... How to build a successful mentorship program for high-risk youth.

March 1, 2004

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The Economic Well-Being of Youth Transitioning From Foster Care

Opportunity Passport Participant Survey Results Show Employment Helps Many Thrive

This brief examines Opportunity Passport™ participant data to reveal the education and employment barriers that young people often face when leaving foster care. Readers will also learn how to design effective policies and practices that supply the resources, relationships and opportunities needed to help these young people successfully transition into adulthood.

December 4, 2017

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Keeping Kids in Families

Trends in U.S. Foster Care Placement

…The child welfare system is less likely to place older children in families. In 2017, 95 ... , Casey finds that child welfare systems are doing a better job of placing kids in families. At the same ... How child welfare placement data differs from 2007 to 2017. ... % of children 12 and under lived in families while just 58% of teenagers did.

April 2, 2019

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Opportunity Passport - June 2015

Data Brief

… The Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative has 13 years under its belt improving ... the pocketbooks of foster youth with its Opportunity Passport™ – a matched savings account ... The trends for youth purchasing big ticket items vs. those that don

June 9, 2015

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JDAI at 25

Insights From the Annual Results Reports

This results report draws on eight years of data from Casey’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative. It tells how participating sites have achieved significant and — in many cases — long-lasting reductions in rates of juvenile incarceration and juvenile crime.

April 17, 2017

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Too Many Teens

Preventing Unnecessary Out-of-Home Placements

…The child welfare system was created to care for abused and neglected children. But too often ... Child welfare and juvenile justice systems can reduce teen entry caused by youth behavior issues ...  “Child behavior” was the reason given for 46% of youth over age 12 entering ... the child welfare system, more than nine times that of children age 12 or under. 

February 12, 2015

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Achieving Permanency Through Adoption

The Permanency Continuum Series

…with emphasis on the clinical skills necessary in preparing children and youth, resource families and newly ... The benefits of adoption for children/youth, resource and birth families. ... In Casey Family Service’s move to permanency through 2011, 272 children/youth were adopted. ... When getting a foster kid back with his family is not going to work, adoption is the next most

January 1, 2012

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Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth

Outcomes at Age 26

…This report, a product of the Midwest Study, analyzes how former foster care youth are faring ... to help these vulnerable youth succeed.  ... It’s time to take a hard look at the services and supports we are offering to youth in foster care ... About 28,000 foster youth age out of care each year and are left to make it on their own long

September 6, 2011

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Every Kid Needs a Family

Giving Children in the Child Welfare System the Best Chance for Success

…The child welfare system puts 1 in 7 children in a group setting, yet 40% of these children have ... in America, 57,000 children are still living in group placements. Readers will learn about limiting the role ... — for some of our country’s most vulnerable children.    ... 3 recommendations for connecting every kid to a family.

May 19, 2015

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The LIfelong Families Model: Implementation Manual

Training Manual

…care practice approach to focus on securing permanent, loving families for these children and youth ... , checklists, case worker competencies and youth case studies.  ... The role of family in young people’s lives and, in particular, in the lives of youth ... The importance of focusing on family permanence for youth in foster care.

January 1, 2012

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