Professor Smith Receives Casey Award

Maylinn SmithProfessor Maylinn Smith received the Casey Excellence for Children Award for a Child Welfare Leadership Team at the annual Casey Family Programs meeting in Seattle, WA on January 13, 2015. Professor Smith’s work with Indian children and families in Montana and recent work with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes social service department regarding specific training relating to the Indian Child welfare Act contributed to her recognition.

Casey Family Programs awards this honor to leaders who have made substantial contributions to the child welfare field and have helped to improve the lives of children and families. The award recognizes leadership in achieving improved outcomes such as:

  • A safe reduction in the number of children in foster care under the age of 18.
  • An increase in the percentage of exits to permanency.
  • An increase in the percentage of exits to reunification.
  • Repeat maltreatment rates that are decreasing or are at or below the national standard.

The award also recognizes demonstrated leadership achievements such as:

  • Clear articulation of values-driven initiatives and activities that are aligned with the program’s mission, goals and desired outcomes.
  • Development of a data-driven child welfare system.
  • Development or sustainment of a reform effort that has led to improved outcomes for children and families.
  • Demonstrated success in engaging with other systems that serve children and families involved in the child welfare system.