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New Report Sets a Course for Improving Foster Care Systems
Date:7/21/2009

Innovative child welfare practices from across the country offer hope for America's most vulnerable children and families

SEATTLE, July 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- All across America, child welfare systems are making crucial changes to the way they do business. These changes are improving the lives of children in foster care as well as children at risk of entering foster care.

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A new Casey Family Programs report, And How Are the Children?, details several real-world success stories from child welfare systems throughout the United States, highlighting innovative practices and courageous policies that safely move children out of foster care and strengthen at-risk families.

"These are stories of commitment and common purpose, stories that demonstrate the power of working together in new and different ways to do what needs to be done in the best interests of children," said William C. Bell, president and CEO of Casey Family Programs, the nation's largest operating foundation entirely focused on the issues surrounding foster care.

These stories give us hope. Collectively, they guide us in the direction we need to go to improve foster care systems. By shining a light on these innovations, Casey Family Programs seeks to spur the public action and political will to replicate these proven successful practices and policies across the country.

The momentum for change is growing in America: In 2007, the number of children in foster care in the United States dropped below 500,000 for the first time since reporting of the count began. Still, that number is way
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