Annie E. Casey Foundation

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The Annie E. Casey Foundation was started in 1948 in Seattle, Washington, by UPS founder James E. Casey and his siblings George, Harry and Marguerite. It was named in honor of their mother. The foundation moved to Baltimore in 1994.[1]

The foundation's goals are to build better futures for disadvantaged children and their families in the United States. Through its extensive publicity efforts, it has become the leading independent source of information on child health and wellness in the United States, and one of the foremost organizations for advancing child welfare in the U.S.[2][3]

Child Welfare Publicity & Publications[edit]

Among the organization's practices is the development of public accountability for outcomes through continuing publication and publicizing of research and comparative data assessing the health and wellness of children in the various states and communities across the nation.[1][2]

In keeping with this goal, the foundation is a regular contributor to public broadcasting, including National Public Radio.

Another key form of "public accountability" the foundations develops is written publications reporting the current status of children across the nation, state by state.

In particular, the foundation produces an detailed annual child-welfare research report, the KIDS COUNT Data book (also known as the Kids Count or simply the Data Book), surveying the well-being of children in the 50 US states and ranking the states on 10 core indicators, and overall, drawing heavily on documented sources and official reports. The report, printed every year since 1989, is considered one of the foremost reference documents — for academics, media, business and public leaders — on child health and well-being in the United States, and particularly in each of the 50 states, comparatively.[2][4][5]

In 2014, the organization also released its Race for Results Index, comparing the previous 23 years data accumulated on the well-being of America’s children. Intending to start a national conversation about startling disparities between racial and ethnic groups. For the first time, this index was based on indicators of success: reading & math proficiency, high school graduation rates, teen birthrates, employment futures, neighborhood poverty levels, family income and education levels. Using standardized scores, from 0 to 1,000 (higher scores indicating a greater likelihood of success)were presented for each state and racial group (where valid data was available) using data gathered between 2010 and 2013. [6]

The foundation also sponsors (or produces), and distributes, research reports and white papers on various topics involving child welfare and related programs and public policy issues.[7]

Child Welfare Development Grants[edit]

The foundation works with — and makes grants to — governments (particularly states), universities and civic organizations, to improve conditions for children.[1][2][8][9]

Juvenile Justice Alternatives[edit]

The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), a project developed in 1992 by the AECF, demonstrates ways for jurisdictions to safely reduce reliance on secure confinement of children, and strengthen juvenile justice systems through interrelated reform strategies. The JDAI reports that it is now being copied in approximately "200 jurisdictions in 39 states and the District of Columbia." The U.S. Department of Justice has worked Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has worked directly and extensively with the AECF on these issues, as well.[2][10]

The JDAI Helpdesk is an online information tool for juvenile justice advocates, practitioners, policymakers, and other parites seeking to improve juvenile justice systems, sharing the juvenile justice "best practices," research and materials produced by JDAI jurisdictions. Featured materials include: strategies and tools documented to safely reduce secure confinements, while improving public safety, avoiding costs and doing "what works for youth" to develop them into "healthy, productive adults." The materials are catalogued and available for downloading and sharing, and the Helpdesk responds to questions for additional information.[2][10]

The JDAI Helpdesk is operated — in partnership with the AECF — by the Pretrial Justice Institute[10]


Dr. Patrick McCarthy, 2010, became President of the Annie E. Casey Foundation., moving up from senior vice president (where he oversaw Foundation work in various areas, including health, substance abuse and education, the AECF Strategic Consulting Group, and AECF's direct services agency (chiefly foster care), Casey Family Services. McCarthy's initial career was as a psychiatric social worker and instructor in graduate schools of social work at the University of Southern California, and at Bryn Mawr College (where he earned his Ph.D.).[11]

Douglas Nelson, in 1990, became President of the AECF, and led the foundation for 20 years (to 2010); he subsequently served in the Carter Center, and in 2014 was named to head the Congressionally chartered CDC Foundation (support affiliate for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Arrillaga-Andreessen, Laura and Victoria Chang, "The Annie E. Casey Foundation", Social Innovation, 2006, Case No.SI74, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Holder, Eric, Attorney General of the United States, "Remarks by Attorney General Eric Holder at the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT 25th Anniversary Reception Dinner", Baltimore, MD, October 01, 2014, as posted on United States Dept. of Justice website, retrieved 2015-08-02
  3. ^ a b Tolchinsky, Amy, press release: "Philanthropic Leader Douglas Nelson Named Chair of CDC Foundation Board", 2014-10-16, CDC Foundation Congressionally chartered affiliate of the CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  4. ^ 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book
  5. ^ Clinton, William J., President of the United States "Statement on the Annie E. Casey Foundation Report on Child Care,", May 5, 1998, the White House, Washington, D.C., as archived online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project, University of California at Santa Barbara, California.
  6. ^ "Race for Results: Opportunity and Success for All of Our Nation’s Children", April 7, 2014, Georgia State University
  7. ^ "Resources Produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Family to Family (Pacific Region)", Family to Family (Pacific Region), State of California.
  8. ^ "Kids Count". Annie E. Casey Foundation. Archived from the original on 28 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-16. 
  9. ^ "Tag Archives: Annie E. Casey Foundation", Humanities and Social Sciences News, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, North Carolina State University.
  10. ^ a b c Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, JDAI Helpdesk official website, retrieved 2015-08-02
  11. ^ Interview: [Dr. Patrick McCarthy, President, Annie E. Casey Foundation], 2013-10-22, Tavis Smiley" program, Public Broadcasting System

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