Toolkit Centers Racial Equity in Sustaining Family Stability

Approach includes wraparound services, focus on prevention

Lutheran Services of America (LSA) aims to reduce the disproportionate number of children of color who are separated from their families due to child welfare system involvement. To help reach that goal, they launched the Family Stabilization Initiative in 2021. Working with four organizations in Alaska, Montana, South Dakota and Washington, they developed and implemented an approach with high-fidelity wraparound services to promote child abuse prevention and family preservation.

In 2023, LSA contacted Chapin Hall to help synthesize the lessons learned from this approach. Chapin Hall reviewed documentation of the program and evaluation reports, and we facilitated a series of discussions with LSA leadership, Family Stabilization Ini