Initiatives

National and regional projects of Casey Family Programs and our partners
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National Initiatives

Breakthrough Series Collaborative

This innovative methodology to test and implement small changes in child welfare practice shows significant promise for system-wide improvements.

Early Learning Initiative

A series of symposia that apply the science of early childhood development to state policy and practice in child welfare

Endless Dreams

This video and training curriculum informs teachers about the unique educational needs of youth in foster care and offers policies, procedures, and practices that can improve educational success.

Family Asset Builder

An evaluation of the Family Asset Builder, a Child Protective Services intervention for addressing chronic neglect

Foster Care Alumni Studies

These studies document the life experiences and success in adulthood of two thousand alumni of out-of-home care.

Knowing Who You Are

A suite of products for social workers to help youth in care expand their awareness of racial and ethnic identity.

Parenting Education

Explores programs designed to improve parents’ ability to raise their children safely, responsively, and consistently.

Peer Technical Assistance

Peer Technical Assistance (Peer TA) is a structured opportunity for teams of people from different jurisdictions to learn from each other’s experiences. Casey Family Programs convenes such teams to develop plans that help improve outcomes for children and families.

REACH Institute collaboration on mental health

The REACH Institute, in collaboration with Casey Family Programs, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Harvard Medical School, Division of Trauma Psychiatry of the North Shore‐LIJ Health System, and Columbia University, has developed resources to help child welfare agencies address the mental health needs of youth in foster care.

Research Network on Youth Mental Health Care

Funded by the MacArthur Foundation, this network seeks to identify effective mental health treatments for youth in care and implement these practices in youth-serving agencies.

SafeCare

Evaluating a curriculum that addresses child neglect, the most common form of maltreatment

Regional Initiatives

Arizona

Lodestar Family Connections Center

Lodestar helps adoptive parents, kinship caregivers and guardians in Phoenix connect to resources they need and to each other.

Kinship and Adoption Resource and Education (KARE) Family Center

The KARE Family Center in Tucson offers one-stop support and services for relatives and family friends caring for youth under age 18, as well as for people who have adopted children from within or outside their family.

Florida

Partnership for Strong Families

Partnership for Strong Families works with Florida’s Department of Children and Families to provide comprehensive community-centered child welfare services to children and families living in the northeast region of the state.

Georgia

Permanency Roundtable Project

Casey Family Programs' work to help find permanent families for 500 youth in the custody of the state of Georgia

Idaho

Technical Assistance Program (TAP)

TAP is the Boise Field office's permanency planning and independent living technical assistance program.

Texas

Kinship Care Coalition

A group of non-profit and governmental agencies, relative caregivers, and organizations from the greater Austin area who joined forces in 2003 to assist kinship families in gaining access to much needed community resources.

Travis County Reintegration Project

This project seeks to move children with complex mental and behavioral needs out of group homes or residential treatment centers and back to their families and communities.

Washington

KINdred Spirits

Keeping children with their extended families and avoiding foster care is the goal of Yakima's KINdred Spirits. The initiative helps kinship families through their everyday challenges. It offers services to American Indians of any tribe living on the Yakama Indian reservation and on ancestral lands ceded to the U.S. government, which covers most of Central Washington.

King County Coalition on Racial Disproportionality

The coalition works to undo the effects of institutional racism in the child welfare system.