Ten of Ten for Kids

In May 2017, we hosted the 10 of 10 for Kids national convening where we brought together 100 innovators and thought leaders from inside and outside the field to reimagine child welfare. We hoped to identify one or two prototypes of a radically different child welfare system and a short list of guiding principles we could all agree to uphold as our north star.

At the end of the four-day event, we had not come up with one or two radical prototypes; instead, we had 30 prototypes, thousands of post-it notes with ideas, hundreds of evaluations, and much, much more people wanted to say about the guiding principles.

We spent the next few months reviewing and coding the materials from the 10 of 10 event, holding additional national listening sessions, engaging in additional design sessions in the community, and conducting over 50 deeper conversations with key stakeholders. As we did this work, some common themes began to emerge and we realized we hadn't come up with the perfect new child welfare system because the best system to care for children already exists - their families!

We are now working to operationalize a system that views family not as the problem, but as a vital part of the solution. We are calling this an "UnSystem" where rather than blaming, shaming and dismantling families in times of crisis, we find ways to support and empower families back to a place of resilience and wellbeing.

10 of 10 for Kids facilitated by

Capital One Foundation

IDEO (pronounced “eye-dee-oh”) is an award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centered, design-based approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow. IDEO pioneered this approach called “design thinking” and brings together what is desirable from a human point of view with what is technologically feasible and economically viable. It allows people who aren’t trained as designed to use creative tools to address a vast range of challenges.

Thank You to Our sponsors

Champion Sponsors
Wendy Nelson

Carlson Family Foundation

Brave New Workshop

Partner Sponsors

Jim Casey Youth Initiative Redlich Horwitz   

Think of Us  Capella University

Future Services Institute

Associate Sponsors

BeStrong Families   Sundance     

   CSF    PCG  

Contributing Sponsors

Hyatt Place     FamilyWise 

WiseInk        Finnegans

Conscious Ink

We are also grateful for our Other Champions -  individuals and organizations who are contributing in a multitude of ways to make the 10 of 10 for Kids possible.

Other Champions:

  • US Bancorp
  • Optum
  • stoke.d
  • Engine for Good
  • RiverBrand Designs
  • Jim Collins
  • Seth Godin
  • Bryan Stevenson
  • Meyer's Handsoap
  • Aveda
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Youth in Transition Funders Group
  • Aspen Institute
  • Leadership Dots
  • Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA)
  • American Public Human Services Association
  • University of MN Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare
  • SIVO Insights
  • Ashoka Changemaker Network
  • helpNOW
  • Visit Minneapolis
  • Bryan Stevenson
  • Emma Seppalla

and many, many more!