Our initiatives help to improve the lives of millions of children, families and communities across the country.

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Current Strategies

Child Welfare

Ensuring that children who have been abused or neglected grow up in families and get the help they need to heal, build lasting family relationships and reach their full potential.

Community Change

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is improving the neighborhoods where young people and their families live by promoting access to high-quality schools, affordable homes and good jobs. Read about our work here.

Civic Sites

The Foundation’s commitment to community change extends to our backyard: Baltimore, our headquarters, and Atlanta, home to UPS. Our civic sites aim to improve outcomes for kids and families in high-poverty neighborhoods in these cities and identify effective tools and strategies for working with low-income families and communities nationwide. Through public, private and nonprofit partners, we’re addressing the challenges in these places in the following ways:

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Public systems, schools and communities guiding public investment toward evidence-based programs that improve the growth and development of children and young people.

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Economic Opportunity

Developing pathways for parents to become financially stable and support their children’s healthy development and academic success.

Financial Well-Being

Strategies to help individuals and families build financial assets and become adept at managing their money responsibly.

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Work, Education and Income

Investments aimed at linking individuals disconnected from the workforce or school to opportunities for jobs, education and achieving the American Dream.

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Equity and Inclusion

Employing data-driven, targeted strategies, programs and resources focused on those children, families and communities who need them most.

Evidence-Based Practice

Using rigorously-evaluated evidence-based programs to promote child well-being, the resources from the Annie E. Casey Foundation lay the blueprints for healthy youth development.

Juvenile Justice

Ensuring that young people exposed to the legal system can realize their potential, even when they make mistakes and violate the law in serious ways.

Diversion and Prevention

Diversion and prevention allow youth with risk of legal system involvement to avoid lasting consequences and stigma that can disrupt their futures. Diversion, like community- and school-centered prevention strategies, hold youth accountable for their behavior without resorting to legal sanctions.

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Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)

JDAI is a network of juvenile justice practitioners and stakeholders across the country working to build a more effective and equitable youth justice system. Studies show that youth who spend time in juvenile detention experience far more negative outcomes. The importance of juvenile detention alternatives cannot be overstated.

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Probation Transformation

Evidence shows surveillance- and compliance-oriented probation doesn’t promote rehabilitation. Probation transformation involves focused interventions that promote personal growth and long-term success for young people at significant risk of serious offenses.

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Reducing Youth Incarceration

Jurisdictions can employ several strategies to safely and significantly reduce the use of youth incarceration — especially for youth of color — as they work toward ending the youth prison model.

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KIDS COUNT® (LA INFANCIA CUENTA™) provides legislators, public officials and child advocates with reliable data, policy recommendations and tools to advance policies that benefit children.

KIDS COUNT Data Center and Data Book

Our signature resources tracking the well-being of children over time and across states in order to provide high-quality, unbiased information and encourage action on behalf of kids and families.

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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.

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Leadership Development

Developing the strongest, most diverse talent and equipping leaders to achieve better results so kids, families and communities thrive.

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.

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Results Count

Helping leaders, organizations and groups move from intention to action for children and families.

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Research and Policy

Improving the lives of millions of children by producing evidence on which ideas and programs work and by advancing sound policy reforms.

Research and Evaluation

Strengthening the field's understanding of what works for kids and families by expanding the use of sound research and effective program evaluations.

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