The Sauer Family Foundation Receives 2023 Casey Excellence for Children Award for Leadership

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Casey Family Programs, the nation’s largest operating foundation dedicated to safely reducing the need for foster care and building Communities of Hope for children and families, announced today the recipients of the 2023 Casey Excellence for Children Awards. These awards honor outstanding individuals and organizations for their exceptional leadership and unwavering dedication to improving the well-being of children and families who are engaged with the child welfare system in America.

Each year awards are given in the following categories: 

Family and Alumni: These awards are presented to alumni of foster care, resource parents, kinship caregivers, and birth mothers and fathers who have overcome significant challenges and demonstrated extraordinary efforts to improve the lives of children and families.

Leadership: These awards recognize child welfare leaders and change-makers who have had a significant impact in improving the lives of children and families and building Communities of Hope.

The Sauer Family Foundation is a recipient of the 2023 Casey Excellence for Children Award for Leadership

The Sauer Family Foundation (SFF) is a private foundation that serves children in Minnesota who are at risk of experiencing abuse or neglect, exposed to trauma, or have challenges developing reading, writing or math skills. The foundation also makes grants for workforce diversification. In 2021, SFF founders and leadership committed significant resources to focus on child welfare transformation, turning their focus to addressing systemic racism and developing community-based prevention services so vulnerable families get their needs met without being reported to child protection. This commitment follows earlier work with child welfare leaders with a goal of creating a child well-being framework focused on the domains of physical, social, emotional, cultural and spiritual well-being. The SFF has funded a number of initiatives, including a family-finding tool being used across the country that helps social workers find family for foster youth more quickly and effectively. Other projects include the Quality Parenting Initiative, which enables connections between birth and foster parents, and a collection of Family Resource Centers. They are also funding the evaluation of youth-centered supports for young adults in supportive housing for those aging out of foster care, believed to be the first of its kind in the U.S., a project that heavily involves the voices of affected youth.

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