The Annie E. Casey Foundation Awards Grant to Support Transformative Child and Family Service Organizations

Annie E. Casey Foundation
Baltimore, Maryland

The Annie E Casey Foundation has awarded the Milwaukee-based membership organization, The Alliance for Children and Families, a $100,000 grant. The grant will be used to implement a program run by The Alliance that supports child and family behavioral health service providers, as they transition from a traditional residential care approach to a new model that emphasizes a child- and family-centered values approach.

The 15 Alliance-selected member organizations will be connected with experts in the behavioral health field as they engage in a strategic change effort. The new model focuses on evidence-based practices, child-family centered practices and building a continuum of care for clients.

The 15 organizations that make up the Alliance for Children and Families Residential Transformation Cohort are:

Auberle, McKeesport, PA

Casa de los Ninos, Tucson, AZ
CEDARS Youth Services, Lincoln, NE
ECH Every Child’s Hope, St. Louis, MO
EmberHope, Inc., Wichita, KS
Epworth Children & Family Services, St. Louis, MO
Green Chimneys, Brewster, NY
Lad Lake Inc., Dousman, WI
LaSalle School, Albany, NY
Lawrence Hall Youth Services, Chicago, IL
Nexus, Plymouth, MN
Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services, St. Louis, MO
St. James Home of Duluth (Woodland Hills), Duluth, MN
Vanderheyden Hall Inc., Wyantskill, NY
Villa of Hope, Rochester, NY

The organizations will receive guidance from executive level leaders in the field, on topics such as policy; practice/service-philosophy; budget/financial modeling; program/service array; culture and change management; staffing/workforce; and partnerships and community connections.

“Leaders in the Alliance network will help their peer organizations—who are seeking to produce durable, positive outcomes for children, adolescents, and families—shift their model because we all believe that quality, evidence-based stabilization and treatment services for children and adolescents with significant behavioral health challenges is a crucial part of America’s home- and community-based system of care,” Susan Dreyfus, president and CEO of the Alliance said in a statement.


About the Alliance

The Alliance for Children and Families is a national organization dedicated to achieving a vision of a healthy society and strong communities for all children, adults, and families. The Alliance works for transformational change by representing and supporting its network of hundreds of nonprofit human serving organizations across North America as they translate knowledge into best practices that improve their communities. Working with and through its member network on leadership and advocacy, the Alliance strives to achieve high impact by reducing the number of people living in poverty; increasing the number of people with opportunities to live healthy lives; and increasing the number of people with access to educational and employment success. Go to for more information.

About The Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private philanthropy based in Baltimore and working across the country to make grants that help federal agencies, states, counties, cities and neighborhoods create more innovative, cost-effective responses to the issues that negatively affect children: poverty, unnecessary disconnection from family and communities with limited access to opportunity.

Judith Fenlon is the Money and Business Editor of The Chronicle of Social Change.

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