The Results Network is a three-year initiative dedicated to stabilizing families in crisis so more families can remain safe, strong and together and children across the United States have the opportunity to thrive and grow up to be healthy, productive adults. Launched in July 2020, we have active participation from 48 nonprofit leaders from our network in 15 communities across the country.
Incubating new strategies.
Our Results Network engages partners from philanthropy, academia and healthcare to provide technical assistance to work with community partners to achieve change. This approach leverages resources to create more opportunities for nonprofit leaders and stakeholders in the field of child welfare to work together to empower families in crisis and enable children in foster care to thrive and achieve their full potential.
Research shows that 84% of children in foster care are removed from their homes due to neglect. Neglect is often a symptom of underlying socioeconomic challenges such as poverty, lack of community resources and lack of parenting skills or an underlying mental health or substance abuse disorder. Research also shows there is substantial trauma when a child is removed from their family; however, nearly half of children in foster care return home within the first year.
Building capacity of Lutheran social ministry to achieve equitable outcomes for American families.
A critical part of the Results Network is collecting data disaggregated by race to illuminate where disparities exist since youth of color are over-represented in the child welfare system and have poorer outcomes than white children. Disaggregated data creates the opportunity and space for leaders to address the underlying issues that disproportionately separate Black and Brown families.
Only 58% of America’s youth in foster care graduate high school. Of the 23,000 youth that age out of foster care each year, 20% are instantly homeless and only 3% graduate from college. By age 26, half of youth that age out of foster care are arrested.
The Results Network is part of our Results Innovation Lab, which is working to improve equitable outcomes for 20,000 children and their families by 2024.