The Evolution of Hope

Welcome to Casey Family Programs’ 2017 signature report, which explores the evolution of hope that is transforming the way our nation supports our children and families. Since Jim Casey founded Casey Family Programs in 1966, we’ve worked to fulfill his vision that every child have a safe, stable and permanent family. Over the decades, a growing body of knowledge and experience — from insights on brain science and the role of data to the power of cross-sector partnerships — has fueled an evolution in how we think about ensuring the safety and success of every child. The stories you’re about to read are a powerful testament to the promise that this evolution of hope holds. 
As we look to the future of Casey Family Programs, hope remains our cornerstone. We know that anything is possible when we foster hope — in the children and families we serve, in the jurisdictions we work with, and in the communities where we partner. To be certain, communities all across the country face challenges in many forms, from parents struggling with drug addiction to families working to find their footing in ZIP codes where opportunities to achieve their full potential are too few. We are at a critical point in truly considering what the future will offer our next generation. It’s time to transform our nation’s outdated approach to child welfare. We must continue to evolve from an approach that seeks to “rescue” children from their families to one that invests in supporting families before abuse and neglect occur.
I invite you to spend some time with this report, learning about the bold, innovative ways that communities are working together to support children and families and measurably improve their lives. And I encourage you to seriously consider the call to action our president and CEO offers about specific ways that you can make a difference and help build a Community of Hope.
As Jim Casey reminded us, deciding the kind of future we want for children and families is up to us. I couldn’t be more excited to be part of this journey.
David C. Mills