Child and Family Services (CFS) Practice Model: A Safe and Permanent Family for Every Youth

Casey Family Programs’ practice model recognizes each family’s unique strengths, challenges and needs. We believe that children are best served in the context of families, and that families are best served in the context of communities.

Our practice model outlines strategies and interventions that:

  • Advance legal and relational permanency for the youth we serve.
  • Improve their safety and well-being.
  • Strengthen their families and communities.

This practice model draws from our more than 50 years of service history as a child welfare provider and was developed with input from Casey Family Programs’ staff, youth, parents, resource families and community partners.

The practice model was updated in 2018 to include:

  • The Indian Child Welfare Act as the gold standard of child welfare.
  • Casey Family Programs’ efforts to advance trauma- and healing-informed care.
  • A recommitment to the importance of working with birth family and kin.
  • Promoting diversity, equity and inclusion across all aspects of the work of child welfare.
  • Casey Family Programs’ Child and Family Services and Indian Child Welfare Program demonstration and spread efforts.
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Practice Model