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Too Many Teens: Preventing Unnecessary Out-Of-Home Placements

February 12, 2015

The child welfare system was created to care for abused and neglected children. But too often, teenagers are landing in the system because they simply aren't getting along with their parents. This paper traces Casey's efforts to learn from communities that are preventing teens from landing in the system by helping families while the teen remains at home. A survey of the states, interviews with experts, secondary research and visits to several communities show common elements of successful programs.The paper presents information on related laws and policies, funding sources and programs for families while including the infrastructure and services needed to support such initiatives.

A Model for Collaboration and Results: How Cross-agency Collaboration Helped Hampton, Va., Build a Broad Array of Child and Family Services

January 27, 2015

This report highlights the highly successful experiences of child-serving agencies that are collaborating in Hampton, Virginia, to achieve better outcomes for children and Families. Hampton exemplifies how child-serving agencies can cooperate to sreve children in their communities. By emphasizing prevention and building a smart array of services and supports, more of Hampton's children live with their families, safe and thriving, reducing the need for child welfare or juvenile justice group placements.