Within Our Reach is an office established within the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities to further the recommendations of the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities. The Alliance is the key organizer in this national effort that works to achieve its goals through a spirit of shared ownership and collaboration with many partners. Within our Reach is made possible through a partnership with Casey Family Programs, whose mission is to provide, improve—and ultimately prevent the need for—foster care.
The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities, which released its report to President Obama and Congress in March 2016, was formed as a result of the Protect Our Kids Act of 2012. This act garnered broad, bipartisan support in the House, passed the Senate unanimously, and was signed by President Obama Jan. 14, 2013.
Members of the commission included Alliance President and CEO Susan Dreyfus and Casey Family Programs Executive Vice President of Systems Improvement David Sanders, who served as its chairman.
Access the full report produced by the commission online.
November 2020: New Report Released
"Transforming Child Welfare Systems to a 21st Century Model that Strengthens and Supports Families and Communities: Innovations from the Field,” is a new report from the Within Our Reach office of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.
It highlights the elements of a prevention-aligned, public health approach to child welfare and provides examples of innovative programs from communities and states across the nation that working to shift from a child welfare system to a child and family well-being system.
This report and the work of the Within Our Reach office are made possible through the support of Casey Family Programs.
Access the full report here.
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