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Why It Matters

The Problem

There is no question that there is an urgent need to strengthen our nation’s child welfare system in order to achieve better outcomes for children and families. For far too long, we have been operating under a model that does not allow us to meet the best needs of our children.

Driven by outdated national policies that focus on investing resources after children have been removed from their families, now is the time to adopt a modern, comprehensive approach that helps us do a better job of helping families, much earlier.

Every day that our country uses an outdated system, children, families and communities continue to lose.

The Solution

Keeping Kids in Families is about assuring that the best interests of children and families are at the center of all policy decision making. We are advocating for policy solutions that lead to a stronger, more effective child welfare system that keeps families whole, prevents child abuse and neglect, and offers high quality early interventions and treatments.

We are asking policymakers to align federal investments in child welfare with the greater goal of ensuring success for all children and families.

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