Tuesday, September 3, 2013

"Why can’t child welfare leave children better off than we found them?"

This is the question CFSA director Brenda Donald considers in a recent article in Policy & Practice, the bimonthly national journal of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) (subscription).

Under Donald's leadership, CFSA is making an effort to leave kids better off by investing in health, academic achievement, and life skills.   In the areas of health and mental health, CFSA is bringing Trauma Systems Therapy to all parts of the agency and system.   But because practice is not enough, the agency is partnering with researchers and practitioners in the private sector.   In the area of education, Child and Family Services is implementing an aggressive approach to assisting children and youth succeed in myriad ways.   As for life skills, CFSA has revamped their program for older youth in care.   The program emphasizes and supports education, employment, achievement, and growth.

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