• November 2002
  • Vol. 3, No. 9

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Casey Family Programs and Boston Department of Social Services Collaborate for Lasting Reform

A 3-year partnership between Casey Family Programs and the Boston Department of Social Services (DSS) is focusing on better long-term outcomes for children in the child welfare system. Their effort, The Right Home for the Right Child, has used cohort data to identify five key areas for change:

  • Training staff to offer family group conferences at key points
  • Giving first priority to kinship placement
  • Placing siblings together whenever possible
  • Focusing on recruiting and retaining foster parents
  • Developing a strategy to decrease re-entry to foster care

Following the implementation of these strategies, the second round of cohort data already shows promise: fewer children entered care for the first time in the year 2000, the length of stay in care had decreased, and there was a slight decline in re-entry. A report from Casey Family Programs, Opening the Door to Change, documents successes and challenges from the project's second year. It also outlines lessons learned that may be of interest to anyone undertaking a similar reform effort.

A PDF version of the report can be downloaded from the Casey Family Programs website at www.caseyfamilyprograms.org/cnc/recruitment/recruitment_retention_resource_fam.htm. (Editor's note: this link is no longer available.)

For more information about the collaboration, contact:
Fran Gutterman
Casey Family Programs
1808 Eye Street, NW, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20006
(888) 295-6727

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