By Sheila Weber, Director of Strategic Initiatives
Lutheran Services in America and a robust collection of national partners and community-based nonprofits have been invited by The Annie E. Casey Foundation and Casey Family Programs to participate in the new Child Welfare Provider Innovation Network. In addition to participants from Lutheran Services in America’s national office in D.C., 18 leaders from 13 community-based Lutheran provider organizations from across the nation have been invited to engage in this collaborative network.
The Child Welfare Provider Innovation Network is a weekly conversation that brings together direct service provider leaders to explore how innovation developed during the COVID-19 crisis can be transformed into lasting solutions for children, youth and families. The weekly conversations include interactive presentations by peer thought leaders, sharing of critical knowledge and tools, and facilitated conversations applying the real-time lessons of the COVID-19 crisis into actionable, long-term change.
Nationally, Lutheran Services in America’s network of 100 children, youth and family serving organizations impact 12,000 children in foster care and 40,000 children and family members across 43 states in 363 cities and 523 locations. Our goal is to ensure that all children live in safe, stable and permanent family homes. For the sake of our nation’s future, it is critically important that we work together to identify and support solutions that move us closer to this goal as we navigate and emerge from this crisis. We are grateful to The Annie E. Casey Foundation and Casey Family Programs for their vision and leadership in bringing together this strong network of leaders to envision the path to lasting solutions for children, youth and families.