Keeping Systems Accountable and Young People Engaged

The federal Strengthening Families Act (SFA) provides new opportunities for child welfare agencies to create typical family experiences for children and youth in foster care. In this third installment of a six-part webinar series, the Foundation’s Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative highlights key SFA provisions that leverage the law’s enforcement mechanisms to not only improve outcomes for kids, but establish better practices from the start.

May 2, 2016

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A New Approach to Preparing Young Adults for Jobs

A key component of the Foundation’s new Generation Work initiative is the use of positive youth development strategies. This post highlights the core principles of such strategies, which actively engage young people in learning and provide them with opportunities, such as on-the-job training or mentoring, that help foster their success.

April 15, 2016

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New Report: KIDS COUNT Shows Value of Long-Term Philanthropic Investment

For more than 25 years, KIDS COUNT has been the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s flagship investment for providing public officials and child advocates with data, tools and policy recommendations to improve outcomes for vulnerable children.A new report tells the story of how a single data book documenting measures of child well-being tranformed into a mission-critical vehicle for building bipartisan support for proven solutions and policy change.

March 18, 2016

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Crisis — and Opportunity — in Delaware’s Child Welfare System

In 2011, Delaware’s child welfare system wasn’t just in trouble — it was in crisis, with too many teens entering out-of-home care and later exiting foster care disconnected from family. To fix this broken system, the state launched a sweeping, data-driven reform effort called Outcomes Matter. The initiative boosted morale among caseworkers and gave kids and families a critical voice in the decision-making process. But the best part? The effort helped improve the well-being of Delaware’s children and families.  

March 2, 2016

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How the Jim Casey Initiative Engages Young People

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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