On the Ground in Washington

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Children and Family Fellowship

Annie E. Casey Foundation's Children And Family Fellowship is a prestigious leadership program for outstanding executives who can steer and influence organizations serving children and families. Learn more here.

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)

JDAI 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. Learn more about what happens in a juvenile detention center and the importance of juvenile detention alternatives now!

Reducing Youth Incarceration

A jurisdiction-level reform effort to reduce the number of youth in correctional facilities and other out-of-home placements. Learn more about what can be done to reduce youth incarceration now.


A group of child advocacy and research organizations representing every state and using data to promote smart policies on issues ranging from child welfare and juvenile justice to education and economic opportunity. 

Lessons From Washington

Casey in Seattle

Creating Successful Futures for Children and Families

Seattle was the home of UPS founder Jim Casey and his siblings, who created the Annie E. Casey Foundation in honor of their mother and committed it to serving disadvantaged kids. This publication features some of the Casey projects and partnerships that reflect that commitment, including Seattle Jobs Initiative, a decade-long effort to link low-income men and women with a living wage; Making Connections White Center, which demonstrates how communities and residents can lead efforts to improve tough neighborhoods; and Thrive by Five, a public-private partnership that aims to improve, expand and promote early childhood education in the state.

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A Family for Every Child

Strategies to Achieve Permanence for Older Foster Children and Youth

Part of the Family to Family Tools for Rebuilding Foster Care series. The research highlighted in this publication identifies successful programs, policies, and strategies that have been helping older children find permanent families; as well as how lessons learned from programs and policy changes can be distilled into action steps.

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Washington State Welcomes 9th JDAI Site

With the support of its Superior Court judges, the Clark County Juvenile Court became the ninth jurisdiction in Washington to participate in JDAI. A community event launching the initiative was held January 30, 2013.

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Blog Post

Pierce County Illustrates Rewards of Digging Deeper Into Data to Reduce Bias

The Washington Supreme Court's newsletter, Full Court Press, reported on a presentation by Pierce County JDAI before the state Supreme Court. The meeting, attended by Superior Court judges and statewide juvenile justice leaders, was convened to look at bias and disproportionality in the juvenile justice system.

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A Cost-Saving Approach

Detention Reform Brief 1

The Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) describes how communities in its program have reduced wasteful spending on unnecessary jail time for kids.  

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New Report Captures Local Perspectives on Making Connections

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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