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Iowa and the Annie E. Casey Foundation
According to the
2022 KIDS COUNT Data Book, Iowa ranked ninth among the 50 states in overall child well-being.
On the Ground in Iowa
The Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
® is a systems-change effort that works at the local, state and national levels to advance policies and practices to most effectively meet the needs of young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood.
® is a network of juvenile justice practitioners and other system stakeholders across the country working to build a better and more equitable youth justice system.
A group of state-based child advocacy and research organizations that use data to promote smart policies on issues ranging from child welfare and juvenile justice to education and economic opportunity.
A new webinar from the Casey Foundation shares lessons and findings from a college-readiness effort focusing on youth in foster care.
The National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships is demonstrating the value young people can add by supporting projects that integrate young people into research-practice partnerships.
As an advocate for foster youth, Kayla Powell has leveraged her own experience in the foster care system to help improve after-care services for those transitioning from care to adulthood.
To accelerate measurable, equitable improvements for youth in foster care as they become adults, the Foundation’s Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative is working to expand the use of the philanthropy’s Results Count leadership methodology.
The Casey Foundation recently named 13 new Jim Casey Young Fellows, who will be trained in leadership and advocacy skills to help inform the philanthropy’s nationwide efforts to improve outcomes for youth transitioning from foster care to adulthood.
The Casey Foundation’s Lisa Hamilton recently spoke to Samanthya Amann and Brittany Hunter about their personal paths out of foster care. Both women talked about the barriers they faced, what strategies and supports they used, and what a smoother exit from the system could look like.
New revelations of abusive treatment of youth have surfaced in residential facilities in Florida, Iowa and Kentucky, providing further evidence that our residential confinement model for young people isn’t working and must be rethought.
Casey is one of several foundations supporting a new national demonstration project, launched by the U.S. departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services, that takes a two-generation approach to combating poverty in rural areas.
An Update on Juvenile Correctional Facility Violence
This report introduces new evidence on the widespread violence in juvenile detention centers. Learn more about the uncovered problems with juvenile detention centers in 39 states now.
Local Voices: On-the-Ground Perspectives on Driving Community Change in the Making Connections Sites is a new report, produced in partnership with Community Science, that examines the contributions of Casey’s signature community change initiative, Making Connections, in building community capacities and achieving local results.
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