Casey Family Programs recognizes exceptional organizations for supporting children and families

FosterMore, the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices, and FosterClub recognized for working to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families across America

Casey Family Programs, the nation’s largest operating foundation whose work is focused on safely reducing the need for foster care and building hope in communities across America, is pleased to announce new recipients of the Casey Excellence for Children Awards.

The foundation presents these awards to recognize outstanding individuals or organizations that have demonstrated distinguished community service and outstanding leadership in improving the lives of children and families across the nation.

The recipients of the Casey Excellence for Children Awards are:

National Governors Association (NGA) Center
The National Governors Association was an integral part of convening the Three Branch Institute. This institute is a model for states seeking to work collaboratively across government’s three branches to improve outcomes for children and families. Previous institutes focused on safe foster care reduction strategies and on increasing permanency for older youth. The most recent institute focused on improving child social and emotional well-being.

FosterMore is a coalition of not for profit organizations and foundations working to raise awareness of the youth in America’s foster care system. Last year, FosterMore’s message of hope reached millions of people across the United States through television ads, websites, social media and other avenues. This campaign spurred mothers, fathers, grandparents and others to learn more about foster care – and what they could do in their communities to improve the lives of children who experience it.

FosterClub is a national network of young people in foster care who are determined to build a better future for themselves and for other children involved in the child welfare system. They serve as a lead partner working with the Congressional Caucus on Foster Care to organize Shadow Day, a day in which foster youth and alumni “shadow” their congressional representative for one day. FosterClub has also presented a series of “lunch-box” sessions for senators, representatives and staff highlighting key foster care issues.

“These exceptional organizations work tirelessly to ensure that children in foster care find safe, stable families and have every opportunity to realize their fullest potential,” said Bob Watt, chair of the Board of Trustees of Casey Family Programs. “We are very proud to partner with them in our efforts to inspire hope and create better futures for children and families.”

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