We have been developing new solutions to supporting vulnerable children and families for more than 20 years. We help child welfare agencies, policymakers and advocates do their jobs better by improving their approaches to:
<p>Casey consultants <a href="/blog/what-do-casey-child-welfare-consultants-do" title="What do Casey child welfare consultants do?">provide intensive consulting and technical assistance</a> to child welfare agencies to boost outcomes for children and families.</p>
[email protected] consults with public #childwelfare agencies to boost outcomes for kids and families.
<p>We partner with jurisdictions to keep children safe and <a href="/resources/team-decision-making">prevent unnecessary removals</a> from families. We also <a href="/resources/reconnecting-child-development-and-child-welfare-summary">help make sure children grow up in families</a>, not shelters or group homes.</p>
To prevent unnecessary removals, @AECFNews works with public #childwelfare agencies.
<p><a href="/blog/what-is-kinship-care">Living with family is often best when children can't live with their parents</a>. Read about <a href="/resources/kinship-process-mapping-executive-overview" title="Tool: Kinship process mapping">agency</a>, <a href="/resources/users-guide-to-essential-kinship-data" title="User's Guide to Essential Kinship Data">data</a> and <a href="/blog/what-kinship-families-need-to-help-kids-thrive" title="Blog: What kinship families need to help kids thrive">policy practices</a> that make it easier for children to live with kin caregivers. Learn what can be done to encourage foster parents in their important role. And see how agencies can help kids in foster care whose <a href="/resources/when-a-parent-is-incarcerated" title="Report: When a parent is incarcerated">parents are incarcerated</a>.</p>
When kids can't live with their parents, living with relatives is often best, says @AECFNews.
<p>It can be tough to become an adult, <a href="http://vimeo.com/65332682" target="_blank" title="Video: What happens when young people from foster care turn 18">especially if you’ve been in foster care</a>. Learn how the <a href="/blog/success-beyond-18" title="Success Beyond 18 campaign">Success Beyond 18 campaign</a> helps teens <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gary-stangler/aging-out-of-foster-care-_b_3658694.html" target="_blank" title="Huffington Post blog post">prepare for the challenges of adulthood</a> — and learn the <a href="http://jimcaseyyouth.org/sites/default/files/JCY-beyond-18-infographic.pdf" target="_blank" title="Infographic">high cost of doing nothing at all</a>.</p>
It can be tough to become an adult, especially if you've been in #fostercare, says @AECFNews.
Several new tools allow agencies to measure child well-being. Caseworkers, administrators and IT staff can track and share information using Casebook, a powerful web-based tool developed to modernize agency procedures. What’s the best way to match kids to providers who can help? A tool being tested by the Institute for Child Outcomes is designed to do just that.
<p>Several new tools allow agencies to <a href="http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/resource/im1204" target="_blank" title="Promoting Social and Emotional Well-Being for Children and Youth Receiving Child Welfare Services">measure child well-being</a>. Caseworkers, administrators and IT staff can track and share information using <a href="/blog/what-makes-casebook-unique" title="Casebook">Casebook</a>, a powerful web-based tool developed to modernize agency procedures. What’s the best way to match kids to providers who can help? A tool being tested by the <a href="/blog/new-analytical-tool-helps-match-up-kids-and-service-providers-for-better-re" title="Blog: Institute for Child Outcomes">Institute for Child Outcomes</a> is designed to do just that.</p>
From assessments to tech, learn about #childwelfare innovations from @AECFNews.
<p><a href="/resources/the-adolescent-brain-foster-care" title="Report: The Adolescent Brain">Neuroscience</a> and <a href="/resources/reconnecting-child-development-and-child-welfare-summary" title="Report: Reconnecting Child Development and Child Welfare">child development research</a> offer powerful insights that can shape how agencies work with children and teens.</p>
Science and @AECFNews is helping reshape how public agencies work with kids in #fostercare.
Improving opportunities for young people leaving foster care
Each year, more than 23,000 teens age out of foster care, often with no connection to their families. The Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative helps young people in 15 states build family connections and access job, health care, housing and other resources.
<p>Each year, more than 23,000 teens age out of foster care, often with no connection to their families. <a href="/work/child-welfare/jim-casey-youth-opportunities-initiative" title="The Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative">The Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative</a> helps young people in 15 states build family connections and access job, health care, housing and other resources.</p>
Each year, > 25,000 teens age out of #foster care. We must connect them to opportunity.
<p>What’s the best way to help young people — including those in <a href="/blog/what-is-foster-care">foster care</a> — become successful adults? We support the <a href="http://www.ytfg.org/" target="_blank" title="Youth Transition Funders Group">Youth Transition Funders Group</a> to develop smarter solutions. Also, we’re co-funding efforts to equip caseworkers and child welfare systems to help teens protect their financial futures and <a href="/resources/youth-and-credit-resources" title="Report: Youth and Credit">avoid being targets of credit fraud</a>.</p>
Learn how @AECFNews helps young people from #fostercare become successful adults.
Partnering to improve child welfare policies at the local, state and federal levels
<p>Learn what a <a href="http://childwelfaresparc.com/" target="_blank" title="State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC)">network of reform-minded child welfare advocates</a> is doing to <a href="/blog/casey-to-create-state-policy-advocacy-and-reform-center-sparc-for-child-wel" title="News Release: Casey Partners with First Focus to Create SPARC for Child Welfare">put children and families first</a> in budget and policy deliberations.</p>
The @ChildWelfareHub is helping #childwelfare advocates make case for policy reform today.
<p>Kids need stability to learn, so Casey is working with partners <a href="/blog/helping-students-in-foster-care-stay-in-school">to ensure school stability for foster youth is priority</a>.</p>
With its partners, @AECFNews is working to make school stability for fosterkids a priority.
Casey Family Services, a Foundation-sponsored private agency, provided child welfare services in New England and Baltimore. During its 36-year history, the agency developed the Lifelong Families practice model to connect children in foster care to enduring families. The Foundation continues to make available its research, videos, publications and other information related to foster care.
Family to Family was an 18-year, nationwide effort to improve child welfare systems. The initiative sought to expand family and community involvement in child protection. Today, many agencies continue to use and build evidence about the effectiveness of Team Decision Making, an outgrowth of Family to Family.
UPS and Casey spearheaded this program in Baltimore, and it has since spread to cities and communities across the nation. The program links UPS and other large employers with community organizations and human services agencies to help prepare young people for independence as they age out of foster care.
This initiative was the first national effort to address the urgent need to recruit, train and retain human services workers qualified to make decisions that affect disadvantaged kids and families. In 2005, the Cornerstone Consulting Group assumed leadership of the initiative, developing Cornerstones for Kids.
Launched in 1992 and in operation for seven years, this initiative sought to create more effective, family-centered mental health services in four disadvantaged urban neighborhoods. The sites established family centers, intensive case management projects, enhanced school supports and violence prevention.