Leveraging the Strengthening Families Act

The Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative partners with communities across the nation to help improve outcomes for young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood. The federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (Strengthening Families Act/SFA) provides new opportunity to achieve our collective goal of creating a brighter future for these young people. We invite you to register for the third session in our six-part webinar series, “Leveraging the Strengthening Families Act,” which explores these critical opportunities.

Keeping Systems Accountable in the Implementation of the SFA
2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST March 28, 2016


The SFA creates many new requirements and opportunities for child welfare agencies. Developing effective enforcement mechanisms that are truly accessible to youth are difficult to build and implement, but is crucial to successful implementation. This session explores strategies to build effective and youth-friendly enforcement mechanisms such as court enforcement, case planning and caseworker visits; grievance policies; youth feedback; and data collection.


  • Jenny Pokempner, supervising attorney, Juvenile Law Center
  • Clark Peters, assistant professor, University of Missouri School of Social Work and Truman School of Public Affairs
  • Carol Behrer, executive director, Youth Policy Institute of Iowa
  • Mike Leach, director of independent and transitional living, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services

Previous webinars in the series
“Creating Effective Normalcy Policies”  provided an overview of the “reasonable and prudent” parenting standard that states must implement and highlighted key considerations in working toward effective implementation of the standard and the law’s other normalcy-related requirements.
“Effective Court Oversight to Support and Enforce Normalcy and Youth Engagement”  focused on court oversight as a powerful tool to ensure the benefit of the SFA’s normalcy and youth engagement/participation provisions positively affect the everyday lives of youth.

Related publication
The Jim Casey Initiative’s recently released report, “What young people need to thrive: Leveraging the Strengthening Families Act to promote normalcy,”  highlights recommendations from young people in foster care.


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