Every Kid Needs a Family

Giving Children in the Child Welfare System the Best Chance for Success

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This KIDS COUNT policy report underscores a simple fact about childhood: Family matters. Yet, today in America, 57,000 children are still living in group placements. Readers will learn about limiting the role of residential treatment care to its intended purpose and how state and local leaders can work together to enhance family-oriented services and supports. The end goal? Brighter futures — and loving families — for some of our country’s most vulnerable children. View the list of KIDS COUNT Outreach Partners, a network of organizations who help to promote KIDS COUNT data and its policy recommendations.

May 19, 2015

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Becoming Adults, Executive Summary

One-Year Impact Findings from the Youth Villages Transitional Living Evaluation

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This report presents MDRC’s evaluation of the Transitional Living program located in Tennessee and operated by Youth Villages.

May 10, 2015

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Bringing up Baltimore

One City’s Approach to Strengthening its Most Vulnerable Families

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Baltimore recently launched an innovative effort to fix its disconnected and disappointing system of home visiting services. The goal? Coordinate high-impact, evidence-based strategies aimed at helping the city’s most fragile families — and especially its youngest residents — lead healthier, successful lives.  

May 7, 2015

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Policy and Practice Recommendations

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This report identifies 24 policy and practice recommendations for lawmakers to consider as they work to improve the lives of youth moving through and out of foster care. It is a product of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.      

April 26, 2015

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Evidence2Success Action Plan

Providence, Rhode Island 2015–18

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Providence, Rhode Island, has adopted the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Evidence2Success framework, which champions the power of data and proven programs to improve the lives of children and youth. This document outlines the city’s three-year action plan for piloting the program in two neighborhoods. The goal? Prevent problems for young people in Providence communities before they happen, using effective public investments.

April 20, 2015

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10 Practices Part Two

Making the Business Case: Research and References for 10 Practices and Appendices

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The Child Welfare Leader’s Desk Guide is designed to help busy child welfare leaders gauge their agency’s effectiveness and chart a course toward measureable improvement. Part two of the Desk Guide includes research, references and appendices that will help leaders and their staff make the business case for improving policies and practices, with a goal of improving how children in the child welfare system fare.

April 9, 2015

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A Child Welfare Leader’s Desk Guide to Building a High-Performing Agency

10 Practices Part One

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The child welfare leader’s desk guide is designed to help busy child welfare leaders gauge their agency’s effectiveness and chart a course toward measureable improvement. New leaders will benefit from the desk guide’s structured, yet flexible road map for assessing their agency’s strengths and opportunities and creating an agenda for change.

April 9, 2015

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Expanding Economic Opportunity

Lessons from the East Baltimore Revitalization Initiative

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In this report the reader gets an overview of how the East Baltimore Revitalization Initiative created jobs and contracting work for low-income people of color, women and local Baltimore businesses during a huge community redevelopment project. The report includes lessons learned about incorporating the strategies of economic inclusion into community development, which places the East Baltimore initiative’s efforts within a national context. 

March 13, 2015

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The Connecticut Turnaround

Case Study

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This report summarizes how Connecticut has made substantial progress in 5 years turning around its troubled child welfare agency. Partnering with the Casey Foundation and others, the state has instituted improvements, driven down the number of kids removed from homes and ensured that children entering state custody live in families whenever possible, not in group placements. 

March 6, 2015

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