This report on the efforts of Casey Family Programs to improve the lives of children begins by explaining that Casey Programs have invested nearly $1.8 billion since 1966 in programs and services to benefit children and families in the child welfare system, and is investing at least $1 billion in this decade alone to support the 2020 Strategy for America's Children to safely reduce the number of children in foster care 50% by the end of the decade while improving the education, mental health and employment outcomes of vulnerable children. It then highlights communities of hope supported by Casey Family Programs that have identified their strengths and adopted a team spirit to come together under a shared vision to do what's best for vulnerable children and their families. Featured communities of home include: Salem, Oregon, where a drug epidemic forged a community commitment to improve the lives of children and families; the Mississippi Delta, where the State Supreme Court, philanthropy, local government, school districts, universities, and churches are working together to ensure that the current generation of children have opportunities to achieve success that many of their parents and grandparents never had; Richmond, Virginia, where men in the city jail are working to become the good fathers they never had; and Boulder, Colorado, where visionary leadership is changing how government serves its most vulnerable citizens. The report closes with statistics on the financial assistance given by Casey Family Programs to child welfare services.
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Building Communities of Hope: Safe Children, Strong Families, Supportive Communities.