The primary mission of the Annie E. Casey Foundation is to foster public policies, human service reforms, and community supports that better meet the needs of vulnerable families. The foundation's work in child welfare is grounded in two fundamental convictions: first, there is no substitute for strong families to ensure that children grow up to be capable adults. Second, the ability of families to raise children is often inextricably linked to conditions in their communities. The foundation's goal is to help neighborhoods build effective responses to families and children at risk of abuse or neglect. The foundation believes that community centered responses can better protect children, support families, and strengthen communities.
Started in 1999, Making Connections is a ten-year investment by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to improve outcomes for families and children in isolated neighborhoods. The Making Connections Network includes 22 site teams involved in each Making Connections city, as well as the residents, community leaders, businesses, government officials, schools, faith communities, community organizations and others working to revitalize these neighborhoods.
The NLC's Institute for Youth, Education, and Families helps municipal leaders take action on behalf of children, youth, and families in their communities. NLC launched the Institute in January 2000 to recognize the influential and unique roles that mayors, city council members, and other local leaders play in strengthening families and improving outcomes for children and youth.
Report: Strengthening America's Families: What Municipal Leaders Must Do - National League of Cities
This report seeks to build broad support among local officials for investments in families. Produced by NLC's Council on Youth, Education, and Families it lays out why inaction is not an option, the leadership and partnership roles that municipal leaders can play, the importance of engaging residents, and the key connections that can strengthen families. Read full report»