With more than 100 LSA members serving children, youth and families in 33 states across the country, the LSA network has a dominant national child welfare presence. LSA members provide a broad range of services from foster care and adoption to counseling, housing, health care, mental health care, early childhood education, charter schools, alternatives to detention, Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) foster care programs, and programs for youth aging out of foster care. The Children, Youth and Families Community of Practice comes together to learn from and with each other to transform the well-being of vulnerable youth and their families by continuing to improve current care practices, develop new and innovative solutions and encourage practitioner informed policy decisions.
At the 2015 LSA Annual Conference several members of the Children Youth and Families Community of Practice began working with Sara Morrison from the Center for the Study of Social Policy to:
- Share outcomes data and understand the underlying reasons for the differences and how they shape best practices to continue to improve programs, and;
- Understand national standards and explore innovative ways that other providers are measuring well-being to inform program development.
A second session, made possible by a grant from the Lutheran Services Children Endowment (LSCE), is planned for June 25th in Washington, DC. Sarah Morrison from the Center for the Study of Social Policy will facilitate a peer review of metrics currently collected that measure children and youth well being and discuss best practices being considered by other providers. Please contact Alesia Frerichs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.499.5823 for more information.
Member orgainzations working with Center for the Study of Social Policy include: Lutheran Family and Children Services of Missouri, Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center, Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Lutheran Family and Children Services Illinois, Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest, Lutheran Services of Georgia, Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, Lutheran Social Services of Northern California, Lutheran Social Services of New York, Wellspring Lutheran Services, Bethesda Children's Home.
|Pictured from left to right: Darell Gordon, Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center; George Trauner, Bethesda Children's Home; Vance Blackfox, Oaks Indian Mission; Sarah Morrison, Center for the Study of Social Policy; Ruth Jaiko, LSS Illinois; Connie Phillips, LSS SW; Janelle Regimbal, LSSND; Pam Schuessler, KenCrest; Ron Hauser , Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan; Charlotte Haberaecker, LSA; Jason Sroufe, Wellspring Lutheran Services; Alesia Frerichs, LSA; Amanda Mosser, Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch; Carol Roberts, LSS Northern California; Bev Jones, LCFS (Illinois)|