For years, the child welfare system has focused on basic outcomes for youth such as safety and permanency. What happens when an organization goes beyond the basics to focus on broader outcomes such as education, employment, housing, and financial literacy?
Nationally, 46% of foster youth drop out of high school, 25% become homeless and 51% are unemployed. How does an organization hold itself accountable for improving these outcomes? How does it use data to manage to those outcomes?
On May 24 Social Solutions held a webinar focused on how one California program used data to improve outcomes for foster youth. The recording is available below.
Improving Outcomes for Transition Age Foster Youth:
The Story of California Connected by 25
Date: May 24, 2012
Time: 3:00-4:00pm EST
Patrick Lester, VP of Social Impact, Social Solutions
Teri Cook, Director of Child Welfare, Stuart Foundation
Wendy Kinnear, Program Manager, Department of Children and Family Services, Santa Clara County
Tara Lain, ETO Project Manager, University of California at Berkeley
In the course of six years, the California Connected by 25 Initiative (CC25I) broke down silos, transformed systems of care and improved outcomes for youth aging out of foster care across eight counties. Funded by the Stuart Foundation and the Walter S. Johnson Foundation, county child welfare agencies worked with community partners to provide comprehensive, integrated, youth-focused services with the aim to improve permanency, education, housing, employment and financial literacy outcomes.
How did counties develop community partnerships, engage foster youth as leaders and use data to inform and improve practice? Join Patrick Lester for a conversation with CC25 leaders Teri Cook of the Stuart Foundation, ETO Project Manager Tara Lain, and Wendy Kinnear from the Department of Children and Family Services in Santa Clara County. Speakers will discuss how the collection of data across counties helped increase focus on the needs of transition age youth and ultimately improve outcomes.
The recorded webinar is here.