ERIC Number: ED440186
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Building Support for Innovation inside Child Welfare Agencies. Family to Family: Tools for Rebuilding Foster Care.
The Family to Family Initiative of the Annie E. Casey Foundation has encouraged states to reconceptualize, redesign, and reconstruct their foster care systems. By 1996, the Foundation had selected and funded five states and six counties in two other states to develop family-centered, neighborhood-based family foster care systems within one or more local areas. This report describes organization development and systems thinking as tools to change foster care systems. Organization development refers to a set of methods and tools for understanding, introducing, managing, and sustaining change over time to increase organizational effectiveness. Organization development can help a new system while still retaining the best features of the old one. Systems thinking is useful in understanding and addressing organizational problems in ways that connect each person's part to the whole picture. Thinking systematically can help with problem identification and indicate where it would make the most sense to focus time and attention in order to address those problems. The discussions of organization development and systems thinking are followed by four case studies that use systems thinking to identify and understand organizational problems and introduce tools that can help address them. The case studies are built on experiences the Foundation had working with child welfare agencies and state departments of human services as they introduced the principles of Family to Family. For each case, tools appropriate to that case are identified, with a formal description of each of the tools used. (Contains 11 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Center for Applied Research in Education, Inc., New York, NY.