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1 “Yes We Will”: From Placements to Permanency – The 2020 Vision Catalyst for CARE 9 th Annual Child Placement Conference November 12-14, 2008 Dr. Page Walley, Ph.D. Managing Director

2 “To help children and families obtain the services they need, when they need them, and for only as long as they need them, in order to maintain them in, or return them to, a safe and stable home.” - Alabama Child Welfare Mission Statement

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4 2020 Strategic Vision: Goals –To safely reduce the number of children in foster care by 50 percent by the year –To use reinvest from safe reduction into effective practices that strengthen families. –To improve access to education, employment and mental health for vulnerable children.

5 How We Will Get There  Casey Family Programs will achieve our 2020 goals by working through three primary areas: –Direct Practice –Strategic Consulting –Public Policy

6 Changing Policy and Practice  The Eight Components of Change: –Build political will –Develop leadership –Provide quality front-line supervision –Set reasonable caseloads –Engage community –Collaborate across systems –Enforce data-driven accountability –Allow time

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8 Permanency Outcomes  Number of Children in Care  Entries & Exits for Past Year  Types of Exits from SFY 2003–SFY 2008  Average Number of Months in Care SFY 2003–SFY 2008  Adoption Data

9 Number of Children in DFCS Custody During SFY 2008  The number of children in DFCS custody decreased by 1,411 during State Fiscal Year 2008

10 Foster Care Entries & Exits SFY 2008  During SFY 2008, more children exited care than entered.

11  Slight decrease in the number of cases in DFCS custody from August to September. However, there has been an 11% decrease from September 2007 and a 16% decrease from September 2006.

12 Exit Types SFY SFY 2008

13 Average Number of Months in Care SFY 2003 – SFY 2007

14 Number of Children with Case Plan Goal of Adoption SFY 2003 – SFY2007

15 Number of Finalized Adoptions SFY 2003 – SFY 2008

16 Average Number of Months Entry to Finalized Adoption SFY SFY 2008

17 For Casey 2020 Strategy information, please visit Dr. Page B. Walley, Ph.D. Casey Family Programs To reach Dr. Walley’s assistant, please Katrina Meza at


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