Supporting approaches that prevent child maltreatment, keep children safely at home and, when children must enter foster care, move them promptly back home to their own families or to new permanent families through kinship care or adoption.

There are a range of programs, strategies and system reform approaches intended to prevent children from being abused, neglected or involved in the child welfare system. In cases where children have been mistreated, efforts are targeted at keeping them safely with their own or in other permanent families, through kinship care or adoption, and on a path to productive adulthood. These “promising approaches” offer children better experiences and opportunities. We are working to bridge the gap between the promising approaches in prevention and intervention being implemented with discussions on policy improvements at the federal level.