These programs are examples, as defined by the developers, of promising practices that enhance the safety and well-being of children in foster care. Child Welfare Information Gateway provides this information as a resource and does not define specific criteria for promising practices or make any claims as to the effectiveness of the approaches described.
Becoming Adults: One-Year Impact Findings From the Youth Villages Transitional Living
Valentine, Skemer, & Courtney (2015)
Discusses the impact of youth villages, which provide individual, clinically-focused support and counseling to prepare youth for the transition into adulthood, on outcomes for youth transitioning out of foster care.
The Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM) 2015. CYPM in Brief: Behavioral Health and Crossover Youth (PDF - 1,024 KB)
Abbot & Barnett (2015)
Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
Explains the Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM) and how it will improve outcomes for youth who are dually-involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
Family to Family
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Information and tools about Family to Family, a family foster care initiative that focuses on strengthening the network of families available to care for children, building partnerships with neighborhoods, developing culturally sensitive child welfare programs, and tracking outcomes.
KEEP (Keeping Foster and Kin Parents Supported and Trained)
The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare
Features a training that gives parents tools for handling their foster child's behavior and emotional issues and offers support for implementing these tools.
Model for Collaboration and Results: How Cross-Agency Collaboration Helped Hampton, Va., Build a Broad Array of Child and Family Services (PDF - 1,034 KB)
Annie E. Casey Foundation (2015)
Providing information on how children have remained with their families through formal and informal preventive services and community support.
A Movement to Transform Foster Parenting (PDF - 1,610 KB)
Annie E. Casey Foundation (2016)
Discusses approaches to ensure children receive the care they need and deserve based on information gathered from frontline workers.
PRIDE Model of Practice
Child Welfare League of America
Provides information about the PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education) program, a competency-based model for developing and supporting foster and adoptive families.