Austin, Texas – June 25, 2015 – Upbring announced it has been selected by Lutheran Services in America (LSA) to participate in a cohort of twelve service providers who will build evidence-based practices and outcomes-driven programs to improve the well-being and lives of at-risk children, youth and families across the United States.
The cohort is a collaborative partnership launched by LSA and The Annie E. Casey Foundation, which has created a network of child welfare providers that commit their work to improve the lives of children, youth and families known as the Provider Exchange®.
Upbring and other LSA members participating in the Provider Exchange® will receive technical assistance from Dr. Laura Heintz, CEO of Stanford Youth Solutions, and the designated Provider Exchange® Peer Consultant Lead. In addition to the individualized coaching, consultation, and support from the Provider Exchange®, the cohort will convene four times over the next year to share learnings and innovations. This collective work is made possible through generous support of The Annie E. Casey Foundation and a companion grant from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Lutheran Services for Children Endowment.
“Upbring is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with LSA and The Annie E. Casey Foundation, one of the nation’s great thought leaders on policies and practices impacting children, youth and families,” said Knox Kimberly, Upbring’s Vice President of Government and Corporate Relations. “Our participation comes at the perfect time for enhancing Upbring’s efforts to bring forward innovative approaches that can truly transform the trajectory of at-risk children, youth and families across Texas. We are excited about sharing our practices and learning from the great work of others as we all seek to identify and expand those programs that truly make a difference.”
Upbring, the new Lutheran Social Services of the South, is a 134 year-old nonprofit organization with a rich legacy of serving vulnerable people across Texas. Its mission is to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities. Upbring serves more than 30,000 people annually and provides innovative programs and services for children including foster care, adoption, education, residential treatment and community services. For more information, visit Upbring.org.
About Lutheran Services in America, Incorporated. Lutheran Services in America (LSA) is one of the largest health and human services networks in the country with more than 300 members that provide a broad range of critical services from health care to children and family services, senior services, disaster relief, refugee services, disability support, housing, and employment support, among others. With more than 100 LSA members serving children, youth and families in 33 states across the country, the LSA network has a nationwide footprint in child welfare. LSA is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). To learn more, please visit www.lutheranservices.org.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private philanthropy that creates a brighter future for the nation’s children by developing solutions to strengthen families, build paths to economic opportunity and transform struggling communities into safer and healthier places to live, work and grow. The Provider Exchange®, supported by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, is a network of child welfare providers who have successfully negotiated complex change in their own organizations and communities to improve the lives of children and families.
Jennifer Schattle, Vice President Marketing & Communications, Upbring
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