Pursuing Permanency

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Beacon Award Winner Amanda Krzykowski Reassesses Data to Transform Social Work in Wisconsin, Upper Michigan

Amanda Krzykowski’s leadership in applying data-based approaches to improve outcomes for children earned her a Lutheran Services in America Beacon Award. Through the ups and downs, Amanda and her team at LSS Wisconsin remain focused on using data to enhance the quality of services in her region.

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Beacon Award Winner Beverly Jones Sees Results Innovation Lab as Start of ‘Ripple Effect’ Across Child Welfare System

Beacon Award winner Beverly Jones leads a team that serves about 2,500 children each year in a state that is among the last with respect to permanency rates. The Results Innovation Lab enabled Beverly to find creative and innovative ways to help decrease the length of children’s stays in foster care. The lessons learned also informed her own approach in supporting her fellow Lab mates in the search for solutions to common challenges.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Lutheran Services in America Participates in the Child Welfare Provider Innovation Network

Lutheran Services in America and 18 leaders from 13 community-based Lutheran provider organizations have been invited by The Annie E. Casey Foundation and Casey Family Programs to participate in the new Child Welfare Provider Innovation Network. For the sake of our nation’s future, it is critically important that we work together to identify and support solutions that move us closer to ensuring that all children live in safe, stable and permanent family homes.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

Results Innovation Lab Boosts Outcomes for 3,000 Youth over One Year

Lutheran Services in America led a diverse group of Lutheran social ministry leaders in a yearlong active learning cohort to implement innovative approaches to improve equitable outcomes for 3,000 children and youth in or at risk of entry into the foster care system. You may be wondering what we mean when we say “equitable outcomes” and why that is such a critical focus. It means that children and youth with the same potential have the same level of successful outcomes as their peers, regardless of the color of their skin, gender, or ZIP code.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

It’s National Foster Care Month! Thanking America’s Foster Families

Foster care and adoption is a major area of focus for Lutheran Services in America’s member organizations. National Foster Care Month presents us with the opportunity to offer sincere gratitude to the dedicated parents who touch so many lives — particularly given our continuing shortage of available foster parents and children in need — as well as the children who courageously embrace life-altering change. We invite you to view a collection of illuminating videos from foster care and adoption organizations within the Lutheran Services in America national network.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

LSA Results Based Leadership Institute–Achieving Measurable Impact for Vulnerable Youth

Is it possible to improve high school graduation rates, or reduce the number of homeless youth in our communities by December 2017? These questions and others were explored on September 15th and 16th, when leaders from 10 LSA member organizations traveled to Washington D.C. for the first LSA Results Based Leadership Institute (RBLI). Results Based Leadership is a highly regarded leadership development program developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation for health and human service providers, and it combines results based leadership techniques with hands on implementation. At the start of this session, each LSA member committed to making a measureable impact toward the goal of ensuring that All children in the US are nurtured and on a pathway to successful adulthoodby December 2017. This is a very ambitious goal to achieve in a short period of time, but operating with a sense of urgency and call to action is a key component of the RBLI. LSA is offering this unique opportunity to LSA members through a partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation who is generously covering the cost of the RBLI faculty, AECF design staff and travel expenses for participants. I am so proud of this partnership, because this is what we strive to do at LSA--bring resources and opportunities to LSA member organizations to help strengthen Lutheran social ministry organizations and improve the lives of the most vulnerable.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Pursuing Permanency Series #4

What challenges might arise when trying to help a youth achieve permanency, and how can they be overcome? This post looks at how to prepare youth for permanency, whether that means helping them consider the benefits of options other than independent living, unpacking their hesitation about adoption or guardianship, or working to resolve trauma that might create challenges in achieving permanency. As the bulletin “Preparing Children and Youth for Adoption or Other Family Permanency” from the Children’s Bureau notes, “Assessment of children’s readiness for a new permanent family generally focuses on their behavior in foster care, with input from social workers and mental health professionals. Decisions are based on the assumption that children will accept new homes and families once they understand that it is unsafe for them to live at home.” It argues that this is insufficient and more needs to be done to prepare children and youth for “relational and/or legal permanency.”

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