The Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) and CWLA are committed to building better services for our nation's disadvantaged children and youth. In many ways, the work of AECF and CWLA is complementary. Over the years, AECF has assisted CWLA in supporting effective leadership in state government, facilitating the exchange of information among public agency child welfare commissioners, publishing guides and curricula to foster best practice in child welfare services, and enabling participation by youth and families at regional conferences and training events, among other initiatives.
Since its inception 40 years ago, Casey Family Programs has been a member of CWLA, working together to improve the lives of young people in the nation's foster care system. Casey Family Programs has collaborated with CWLA on major awareness initiatives calling national attention to the needs of young people in foster care and promoting policy changes for transitioning youth, permanency planning, and educational success. Casey's funding of National Foster Care Month has enabled CWLA and other national organizations to provide its member agencies and the field at large with communication tools to help better inform the public and policymakers about issues critical to children and youth in care. Casey's early support for the PRIDE curriculum continues today in helping build new curricula to enable foster parents improve the educational outcomes and transition of youth from care. These initiatives and more form a strong and solid partnership, and ongoing support.
The Freddie Mac Foundation has a long, distinguished history of supporting CWLA. For more than 10 years, the Freddie Mac Foundation was the exclusive sponsor of the David S. Liederman Scholarships to enable social workers to obtain graduate degrees.. Freddie Mac has long supported CWLA's work in best practice related to adoption, especially adoption of children from the foster care system. The Freddie Mac Foundation's most recent initiative with CWLA is Keeping Families Together...and Safe: The Child Protective Services/Housing Connection, under which CWLA has developed a cross-systems training curriculum for social workers in child protection and housing to work together to keep families in stable housing and out of the child welfare system.
For more than three years, the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative has sustained the work of CWLA's National Foster Youth Advisory Council (NFYAC). Comprising former foster youth, NFYAC offers an opportunity for those who have been there to guide CWLA in its work with youth and its quest for better services for the children, youth, and families involved in the nation's foster care system.
In 2000, CWLA joined with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to create CWLA's Juvenile Justice Division. Through this partnership, CWLA provides education on the connection between child welfare and the juvenile justice systems and the need for an integrated approach to programs and services. Increasingly, research confirms the connection between child maltreatment, juvenile delinquency, and a variety of other negative outcomes, making this work exceedingly important.
Since the creation of the Juvenile Justice Division, CWLA has joined the MacArthur Foundation, along with several other organizations, in working on MacArthur's juvenile justice project, Models for Change: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice. This initiative is creating model systems in selected states, such as Illinois and Pennsylvania, to serve as model sites to demonstrate system reform and serve as a model to other jurisdictions. The broad goal of this project is to promote an effective juvenile justice system that works for public safety and the rehabilitation of juvenile offenders by connecting all relevant agencies.
The Prudential Foundation partnered with CWLA to create the Prudential Positive Parenting Program, allowing CWLA to deliver a parenting education curriculum, at no cost, to more than 25,000 child care, Head Start, and other early childhood programs. The Prudential Foundation's commitment has helped CWLA train more than 2,000 parent educators. In 2003, the Prudential Foundation launched a new initiative with CWLA. The Creating Parenting-Rich Communities Initiative helped build supports for parents of children and youth, birth to age 20, in three cities. This work resulted in tools that guide communities in becoming rich in evidence-based resources for parents.
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