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New Allies offers support to state/county leaders striving to bring change to child welfare systems

Mar 18, 2021 | News Releases

Request for applications due April 16

Contact: Connie Mills, public relations manager, Youth Villages
901-233-1254 |

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (March 18, 2020) – New Allies, a capacity-building and support initiative of national nonprofit organization Youth Villages, has issued a request for applications for public child welfare systems that want to make long-term positive change to their child welfare systems.

“Selected jurisdictions will receive tailored support from a multi-disciplinary team over a period of about five years—an investment equivalent to about $1 million per year,” said Britany Binkowski, director of New Allies. “By taking a strategic, long-term approach, we believe jurisdictions can break the cycle of crisis-driven management and dramatically improve outcomes for children and families.”

Through the New Allies partnership, selected jurisdictions will participate in work that includes developing a comprehensive understanding of what drives the system’s current outcomes; where the system can make the most significant impact; and what improvements are most important to the jurisdiction. New Allies provides tailored, specialized experience to develop effective plans that achieve desired improvements and support successful implementation.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until capacity for this round of funding is achieved. To be considered in the first round, applications must be submitted no later than Friday, April 16 at 7 p.m. (CST). Applicants must submit a preliminary interest letter to and then can participate in a webinar introducing the New Allies process and receive assistance from a dedicated team member to complete a compelling application.

More information is available at

About New Allies
Developed by Youth Villages, New Allies helps child welfare leaders in states and counties navigate long-term, sustainable system transformation. It does this by supporting leaders to construct clear visions, based upon data and evidence that empower them to make informed choices about how to allocate scarce and precious resources. New Allies then sticks around to partner by putting the vision to work on the front lines. Our goal is to transform child welfare systems across the country and give children and families their best chance at long-term success. Learn more at

About Youth Villages
Youth Villages is a national leader in children’s mental and behavioral health committed to building strong families, delivering effective services, and significantly improving outcomes for children, families and young people involved in child welfare and juvenile justice systems across the country. Founded in 1986, the organization’s 3,300 employees help more than 30,000 children annually in 23 states and the District of Columbia. Youth Villages has been recognized by the Harvard Business School and U.S. News & World Report and was identified by The White House as one of the nation’s most promising results-oriented nonprofit organizations. Learn more at