Evaluations of Family to Family

The Anchor-Site Phase: 2006 - 2009

In 1992, the Annie E. Casey Foundation embarked on an initiative entitled Family to Family: Reconstructing Family Foster Care. By the time it concluded in 2009, dozens of localities in more than 20 states had participated in Family to Family. The final phase from 2006 through 2009 focused on a smaller set of "anchor sites" in nine states. The decision to concentrate effort on a smaller number of sites grew out of an extensive self-assessment by Foundation staff and the technical assistance team in 2005.  Also, a research team conducted an assessment of the challenges sites had faced in implementing the initiative and how they had overcome them (see Implementing Family to Family). Drawing on their experience with the initiative, each anchor site developed a workplan to integrate efforts across four core strategies designed to achieve the transformation of policy and practice envisioned for Family to Family. To assess the impact of resulting changes in policy and practice on outcomes for children and their families, the Foundation sponsored an evaluation by a team of researchers from the University of North Carolina, Wildfire Associates, the University of California at Berkeley, and Case Western Reserve University.  

Components of the final report include an executive summary, a comprehensive report with technical appendices, and individual profiles of the following anchor sites:

Cuyahoga County (Cleveland), Ohio

Denver, Colorado

Guilford County (Greensboro), North Carolina

Jefferson County (Louisville), Kentucky

Maricopa County (Phoenix), Arizona

Wake County (Raleigh), North Carolina

Alameda County, California

Fresno County, California

Los Angeles County, California

Orange County, California

San Francisco, California

Please direct questions about the evaluation to Lynn Usher, the principal investigator.


Related Publications


The Initial Phase: 1992 - 1997

The 2009 evaluation is the second initiative-wide assessment of the initiative.  A report concerning the first phase of Family to Family can be downloaded using the links shown below.  In addition to an executive summary, the report includes assessments of how the initiative changed policy and program operations, its impact on families and children, and the enhancement of grantees' capacity for self-evaluation. Each section of the report is available in Acrobat format.

  Executive Summary

  Title, preface, table of contents, and references

  Chapter 1: Introduction

  Chapter 2: The Public Policy Context

  Chapter 3: Program Management and Structure

  Chapter 4: Program Operations

  Chapter 5: Program Impact

  Chapter 6: Self-Evaluation