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May 2019Vol. 20, No. 4A Safe and Permanent Family for Every Youth

Casey Family Programs, through Casey Family Services (CFS), has integrated promising and evidence-informed strategies into a suite of tools to help improve the child welfare field, including a child and family services practice model that outlines strategies and interventions to move youth permanency forward and improve safety and well-being.

The practice model, which was developed with input from CFS staff, youth, biological parents, resource families, and community partners, gives child welfare workers an insight into how the Casey Family Programs field offices work and the values that drive the organization as a whole. Using the Indian Child Welfare Act as their gold standard for practice, CFS keeps the focus on the family and community, trying to keep children with their families whenever it is safe to do so. 

The practice model aims to achieve the following for children and youth in care: 

  • Ensure they are safe and feel safe prior to and after permanency is achieved
  • Ensure they are connected to their family, community, and culture
  • Ensure their well-being in relationships, school, and work

The suite also includes manuals, standards, assessments, a continuous quality improvement framework, and a case management system.

To learn more about the overview of the values, goals, and process of CFS' organization and practice, read Child and Family Services Practice Model: A Safe and Permanent Family for Every Youth at (9,000 KB).