“Using State Wide Child and Family Service Review Data to Analyze Policies to Improve Educational Outcomes of Children in Foster Care” suggests that States could use data from their Child and Family Services Review processes to focus attention on the changes needed to improve educational outcomes for foster youth. This is an interesting idea that deserves further deliberation.

Author Biography

Jacquelyn McCroskey, DSW, is the John Milner Professor of Child Welfare at the University of Southern California School of Social Work. Her research includes analysis of service financing, organization and performance measurement in public and not-for profit service delivery systems serving children and families, including early care and education, child welfare and juvenile justice. For over two decades, she has used data and scholarship to inform policy and guide improvements to government systems in order to improve outcomes for children and families. Through her work with county, city and school district policy makers in Los Angeles, she has investigated inter-agency cooperation, community relations, and community development in a broad range of organizational contexts. Working with Children’s Bureau of Southern California, she led development of the Family Assessment Form, a measure of family functioning now in wide use to guide assessment and measure the impact of family-centered services. Since 2008, she has worked with Casey Family Programs and their Los Angeles County Evaluation Team to evaluate some of the key family-centered services programs run by the LA County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). She has served on a number of County commissions and advisory boards, and helped to develop Los Angeles County’s Education Coordinating Council, a cross-organizational entity designed to improve educational outcomes for foster and probation youth. She currently serves on the County’s Policy Roundtable for Child Care and Development. The Roundtable focuses on building early care and education and strengthening families by providing recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on policy, systems, and infrastructure improvement. In 2003, she was named the “California Social Worker of the Year” by the California Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.