Capacity Building

Child welfare programs operate in an ever-changing environment, and the needs and experiences of children and families continue to evolve. Child Trends’ child welfare team works alongside public and private partners to strengthen and enhance programs and systems through capacity building initiatives that include (1) system enhancement and redesign, (2) data and information sharing critical for field building, and (3) continuous quality improvement initiatives. Examples include our work with Virginia to redesign the state’s post-adoption support system; our leadership of the biennial Child Welfare Financing Survey; and our partnerships with two leading foundations (the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation) to evaluate their efforts and build system capacity as they strive to improve the lives of youth in and transitioning out of foster care.
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