Our Theory of Change

There are systemic gaps and barriers in permanency and stability for children and youth impacted by the child welfare system.

The Coalition strives to eliminate these gaps and barriers through innovative programming that facilitates healthy, culturally competent, safe, and nurturing homes and communities for children and youth.

We have a total of 27+ recruitment and support programs, all of which fall under one of our main goals: to establish equitable systems of care, foster resilience in children, youth, and families, and promote the development of vibrant communities.



These relationships and engagement activities support the Coalition in efforts to:

  • enhance supportive networks for children, youth, and families
  • impact knowledge and attitudes about the child welfare system and the culture and diversity of families
  • cultivate relationships between community and organizations
  • …and more



The Coalition implements both internally- and externally-focused activities. The Coalition’s programming focuses on:

  • relationship building
  • family finding and engagement
  • foster/adoptive/kinship recruitment and retention
  • culturally competent caregiver support and training
  • knowledge acquisition
  • information sharing
  • …and more



The Coalition cultivates trauma- and attachment- informed and culturally responsive families, organizations, and institutions which represent one of the most important indicators of impact and success: increased resiliency. The Coalition’s external and internal programming ultimately creates:

  • vibrant communities
  • equitable systems of care
  • resilient children, youth, and families
  • transformed social institutions          

Our Key Stakeholders

The Coalition centers relationship building when engaging:

  • children, youth, and families
  • partnering child welfare agencies
  • community resources
  • financial supporters
  • volunteers
  • Coalition staff and governance

Teams across the Coalition’s functional areas create and adopt an evidence-informed holistic approach when engaging our stakeholders throughout:

  • outreach
  • continuous supportive services
  • referral networks
  • advocacy
  • training
  • recruitment
  • quality assurance
  • research and publication