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The Problem

Too few people fall asleep each night dreaming about how they'll make a difference for abused, neglected, and orphaned children when they get up the next morning.

Child abuse and neglect are more prevalent and costly than most people realize. As a society, we entrust our child welfare system—a network of federal, state, and local government agencies—to protect and care for orphaned, abused and neglected children by working to keep them safe, providing services like counseling to their families, and in the worst cases, placing them in foster care. But across all key measures, the outcomes are clear: this system is failing. For example, among former foster youth: 

We can and must do better. Unfortunately, the child welfare system is stretched beyond its expertise and capacity. While some reformers are driving change, they are too few and far between. Further, the complexity of the field combined with civil service rules lead to insularity in the child welfare sector. The talented professionals with the diverse skills needed to address the system’s biggest challenges rarely find an open pipeline to deploy their talents to this critical work. Foster America changes that.

The child welfare system has been stretched beyond its expertise and capacity. While a social work perspective is critical, the system also needs leaders with perspectives from other sectors to address its complex challenges.
— David Sanders, Executive VP Casey Family Programs, Former Child Welfare Agency Director LA & Hennepin Counties