• October 2020
  • Vol. 21, No. 7

Thriving Families, Safer Children

This dedicated edition of CBX focuses on Thriving Families, Safer Children: A National Commitment to Well-Being. It is intended to build awareness of this unprecedented effort to transform child welfare in the United States and make clear that there is an invitation and space for every interested jurisdiction, entity, and voice to participate, contribute, and learn together. The core national partners—the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Casey Family Programs, Prevent Child Abuse America, and the Children’s Bureau—are committed to a long-term, unified effort to partner with families, communities, and jurisdictions in new, highly intentional ways that are driven by the lived expertise of parents and young people to bring child and family well-being systems to life. This edition includes individual articles from each partner and the four jurisdictions participating in tier one of the Thriving Families effort—Colorado, California/Los Angeles County, Nebraska, and South Carolina. This edition will also include articles from additional key federal partners supporting the effort, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.

  • Vision as an Action Word
    Written by Jerry Milner and David KellyA vision without action is just a bunch of words. There can be art and poetry in those words. Words can express values and stir emotion, and history tells us...

  • The Time Is Now for a New Path Forward
    Written by David Sanders, Ph.D., executive vice president of Systems Improvement, Casey Family Programs Now is the time for those of us in the field of child welfare to challenge the status quo...

  • Because Childhood Lasts a Lifetime
    Written by Melissa T. Merrick, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer, Prevent Child Abuse AmericaWhen I reflect on the last 20 years of science in the field of child abuse and neglect and...

  • Creating the Child and Youth Well-Being System We Believe In
    Written by Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez, vice president of the Center for Systems Innovation at the Annie E. Casey Foundation   Every few days, I ask myself, colleagues, and others around me, "Are we...

  • Transforming South Carolina’s Approach to Child Welfare
    Written by the South Carolina Department of Social Services and The Children's Trust of South Carolina The concept is simple. South Carolina can keep families together and children out of the...

  • Colorado Solutions Lie in Listening to Families
    Written by Heather Hicks and Fikile Ryder, members of the leadership team for the Colorado Partnership for Thriving Families As parents, we are at the center of a societal transformation in...

  • Bring Up Nebraska: Community-Led Prevention Is Making a Difference
    Written by Stephanie L. Beasley, M.S.W., director, Division of Children and Family Services, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, and Jennifer Skala, M.Sc., senior vice president,...

  • Upending the Status Quo
    Written by Bobby D. Cagle, M.S.W., director, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family ServicesIn January, as the first reports of a global health crisis made headlines, few of us could...

  • Moving Upstream: The Urgency of Transforming Systems
    Written by Michael D. Warren, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P., associate administrator, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human...

  • Public Health’s Role in Creating Child and Family Well-Being
    Written by James A. Mercy and Phyllis Holditch Niolon, Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention* The...