Leader

We are the drivers of lasting, positive change that will impact future generations.

With strong support from Children's Home Society of America, our member agencies leverage partnerships from the private and public sectors and academia to provide innovative, outcomes-oriented services to children and their families. We also work closely with local and state governments, peer organizations, child welfare experts and university researchers to have tough conversations that address the complex issues of the child welfare system.

In 2012, we launched the Wicked Problems of Child Welfare institute alongside University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work and our partners over the years - Casey Family Programs, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Jessie Ball Dupont Fund, Chronicle of Social ChangeCARF International, National Crittenton and Council on Accreditation. A “wicked problem” means a problem that defies ordinary solutions and cannot be solved by one single discipline. The two-day institute held annually brings together thought leaders from around the country to tackle the wicked problems of child welfare and explore innovative strategies and best practices needed to improve national policy.