The Children’s Aid Society

As one of the nation’s largest and most well-respected community-based organizations, The Children’s Aid Society (CAS) helps children and families in poverty succeed by providing comprehensive support “from cradle through college graduation.” Today, The Children’s Aid Society touches the lives of more than 70,000 children and families annually in New York City. Over the past decade, the 162-year-old organization has transformed into an innovative 21st century nonprofit.

The Challenge
The Children’s Aid Society began its partnership with The Sheridan Group in 2009 to provide specific support to one of its premier programs—the CAS-Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program. The CAS-Carrera program helps “at-promise” youth avoid becoming parents during the second decade of their lives through a holistic, scientific, and evidence-based model featuring seven fundamental components: education, employment, family life and sexual education, self-expression, lifetime individual sports, full medical and dental care, and mental health services.

The Process
At a time when federal programs regularly face dramatic budget cuts or elimination, The Sheridan Group has worked to maintain sustainable funding levels and build congressional champions for both the Social Innovation Fund and the Office of Adolescent Health’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, which provide critical support for the CAS-Carrera program.
The Sheridan Group also works with The Children’s Aid Society’s policy team to ensure federal lawmakers are responsive to the needs and challenges of children and families living in poverty. The Children’s Aid Society is on the leading edge of developing evidence-based programs and evaluation systems, testing new models of service, and bringing their solutions to policymakers at all levels of government. With its particular expertise running community schools and school-based health centers, The Children’s Aid Society has laser-focused its federal advocacy to best support these two effective anti-poverty programs. TSG and The Children’s Aid Society work directly the New York congressional delegation and other federal lawmakers. This collaboration ensures The Children’s Aid Society’s federal priorities are being met and that key programs remain effective and innovative on the ground and understood on Capitol Hill.

The Result
In 2010 CAS-Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program was chosen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health as a model program for replication across the country through the federal Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. Today, the Carrera program is being implemented in New York, Michigan, Illinois, Oklahoma, Georgia, Delaware, West Virginia, Wisconsin, New Mexico and New Jersey. The CAS-Carrera program was also honored as a first-round subgrantee of the Social Innovation Fund through the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.