Icebreaker Meetings

A Tool for Building Relationships Between Birth and Foster Parents

The Casey Foundation created this step-by-step practice guide with several online appendices to help child welfare agencies understand Icebreaker family meetings and shift into "parent partner" mode. 

January 1, 2012

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Stepping Up for Kids

What Government and Communities Should Do to Support Kinship Families

In this policy report, the Annie E. Casey Foundation explores the increased number of children living with extended family and close friends, a longtime practice known as kinship care. It includes the latest data for states, the District of Columbia, and the nation, as well as a set of recommendations on how to support kinship families.

January 1, 2012

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KIDS COUNT Data Snapshot on Foster Care Placement

This Data Snapshot highlights newly available data on the KIDS COUNT Data Center marking the progress made by many states to increase the rates of children in foster care who are living with families and decrease the rates of those placed in institutions or group homes. The data also show that the type of foster care placement varies depending on the age of the child as well as the state of residence.

May 1, 2011

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Hard Times Made Harder

Struggling Caregivers and Child Neglect

Using data from a national survey, this brief links specific caregiver struggles to a higher incidence of out-of-home placements among neglected children. It closes with one clear recommendation: Offer integrated — and early — caregiver support services to help counter this trend and better aid America’s at-risk children and families. 

September 23, 2010

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Funding Permanency Services

A Guide to Leveraging Federal, State and Local Dollars

This guide helps readers brush up on the finer points of child welfare funding. It also highlights how states and localities can dial back costly congregate care in favor of community-based permanency services for children and families.

January 1, 2010

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