Casey Family Programs is the nation’s largest operating foundation focused on safely reducing the need for foster care in the United States. Our mission is to provide and improve — and ultimately prevent the need for — foster care.
We are committed to Building Communities of Hope, a nationwide effort to prevent the need for foster care by supporting families in raising safe, happy and healthy children. We work with a wide range of partners, including the children and families we serve each day, to:
- Safely reduce the need for foster care in the United States by 50 percent. We work in support of our partners at the federal, tribal, state and local levels to develop policies and practices that best meet the needs of families and their children. The result of this work reduces child abuse and neglect, increases safety and stability, and improves well-being and life outcomes.
- Demonstrate how every child can have a safe, supportive and permanent family. We work with children and families to provide and improve foster care and prevention services that promote their safety and well-being. From this work we demonstrate approaches that improve safety, address trauma, support healing, strengthen bonds and promote progress in education, employment and mental health. We share what we learn from this work with our partners to support improvements in policy and practice across the United States.
- Support more effective public investments in strengthening families to keep children safely in their own homes and communities. We contribute nonpartisan information, data and resources to policymakers at all levels of government to improve the impact and equity of our nation’s investment in communities for supporting child and family safety and well-being.
- Promote a shared responsibility for ensuring the well-being of every child and family across the nation. We encourage leaders from all five sectors of a community – government, business, nonprofit and faith-based, philanthropic and the community members themselves – to think, plan and act in collaboration to improve the long-term safety, well-being and hope of children and their families. We call this Building Communities of Hope.
Founded in 1966, Casey Family Programs works in all 50 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and with tribal nations across North America to influence long-lasting improvements to the well-being of children, families and the communities where they live.