Government and philanthropy often share common goals and a capacity to enable wide-scale systems change. When they work together, they make ideal partners—philanthropy contributing nimbleness and a spirit of experimentation, while government commands the resources to sustain what works. In Los Angeles County, such collaboration was catalyzed by the murder of an 8-year-old boy in 2013. This tragic death prompted the Board of Supervisors to empanel a commission of notable child welfare experts to examine systemic failures.
Since then, an increasingly durable and agile spirit of collaboration in L.A. has fueled an ability to test new ideas, assess their effectiveness, and bring them to scale in ways that significantly impact child welfare reform. As a result of these efforts, the previously siloed and reactive child protection system is moving toward becoming a more integrated countywide child well-being system. Cultivating Hope Through Action: How Public-Private Partnerships Are Strengthening Child and Family Well-Being in L.A. County, is a report chronicling the work that drove increased collaboration and funding in L.A. County. It also addresses ways to grow similar collaborative ecosystems for child and family well-being in the future. Read the executive summary and full report below.
Faith joined the Foundation in 2018 as an administrative assistant. She came to Los Angeles from Canada to attend the University of Southern California. Her pursuit of a degree in Policy, Planning and Development led her to internships at various levels of government. She began at the First District Office of Supervisor Hilda Solis with the County of Los Angeles, assisting with constituent calls and connecting them to appropriate resources. Faith later joined the Office of Community Planning and Development at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and most recently worked at Big Blue Bus in the City of Santa Monica as their communications and social media intern.