What’s the Return on Investment?

Using Placement Analysis to Measure Child Welfare Costs

In this brief, child welfare leaders and agencies learn about an approach, called placement day analysis, that calculates the financial impact of diverting or shortening child welfare placements. Equipped with this information, decision makers can identify the right interventions and program changes to invest in moving forward.

August 19, 2019

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Evaluation of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s On the Frontline Initiative

On the Frontline, an initiative of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, aims to help caseworkers and their supervisors make better investigative decisions about protecting children and strengthening families. This evaluation examines the experiences of child welfare agencies in two counties — one in Ohio and the other in Colorado — that began implementing the initiative in 2015.

May 20, 2019

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Place Matters

Aligning Investments in a Community-Based Continuum of Care for Maine Youth Transitioning to Adulthood

This report, written with Maine’s policymakers in mind, delivers a clear charge to improve how the state supports system-involved youth between the ages of 14 to 25. It calls for a full continuum of care — from prevention to reintegration — that leverages local resources and national research to offer community-based services at every step.  

April 22, 2019

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Keeping Kids in Families

Trends in U.S. Foster Care Placement

In this data snapshot, the Annie E. Casey Foundation examines how placements for young people in foster care have changed from 2007 to 2017. Using data from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Casey finds that child welfare systems are doing a better job of placing kids in families. At the same time, racial disparities persist for kids of all ages and progress eludes teens in care.

April 2, 2019

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