About Us

About Kids Insight

Kids Insight helps Child Welfare systems and Juvenile Justice jurisdictions measure children’s social and emotional well-being, and determine the best courses of action for their care, using a patented behavioral health assessment tool called the Treatment Outcome Package (TOP).

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Collaborating for better outcomes

Kids Insight is a non-profit created in collaboration with pioneering behavioral health practitioners, dedicated foundations—and with the help of caseworkers, child welfare systems and therapists around the country.




Our Team & Advisors

Meet the Kids Insight leadership team and our key strategic advisors.

Dara Menashi, PhD

President, Kids Insight



Tracey Feild

Senior Advisor, Kids Insight
Director and Manager, Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Child Welfare Strategy Group

Alma Shelton

Senior Project Director, Kids Insight



David R. Kraus, PhD

Chief Science Officer, Kids Insight
CEO, Outcome Referrals, Inc.
Co-Founder, Institute for Child Outcomes

Dennis Blazey

Senior Advisor, Kids Insight



Lisa Paine-Wells

Senior Project Director, Kids Insight

Frank Steinfield

Chief Operating Officer
Kids Insight


Judith Wildfire

Senior Advisor, Kids Insight



Matt Cipollone

Project Associate, Kids Insight

The challenge of measuring well-being

Until now, finding consistent and comparable ways to measure kids’ well-being has been an ongoing challenge. Every day we send children to different placements but never really know the impact they have on a child’s ability to function in their school, home and community. And every year we spend large sums of public dollars on child welfare services without fully understanding the value of those services. Kids Insight provides an efficient, reliable, repeatable approach to measuring and improving well-being outcomes.

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For me, it will help make better placement decisions for kids. So much has been based on historical behaviors while this tool can help us understand the most current functioning of this child.

—Jacqueline McCray, DCFS Deputy Director