Massachusetts Advocates Release Reform Agenda

Massachusetts Advocates Release Reform Agenda

SPARC Peer Learning Network member organization Massachusetts Law Reform Institute recently released a comprehensive set of recommendations for sustained reform of the Massachusetts child welfare system following a high profile death of a child under the department’s supervision. If Not Now, When? A Call to Action for Systemic Child Welfare...
Podcast Series - Perspectives from the Field

Podcast Series – Perspectives from the Field

SPARC has launched a podcast series spotlighting leaders in the field of talking about the issues child welfare advocates care about. Listen and engage.
The Affordable Care Act and Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

The Affordable Care Act and Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

The Affordable Care Act improved health care access former foster youth. This brief by the Urban Institute’s Dina Emam and CLASP’s Olivia Golden identifies best practices states can adopt to effectively implement the ACA’s former foster youth provisions.
Bringing State Advocates Together

Bringing State Advocates Together

Child welfare advocates are uniquely positioned to influence debates that impact the safety and well-being of our kids. SPARC is designed to help state child welfare advocates make an even bigger impact. We are proud to be supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative....
More Advocacy Impact, Better Lives for Children

More Advocacy Impact, Better Lives for Children

State child welfare advocates are a powerful force for change for America’s abused and neglected children.
Latest Work
Webinar: State-Level Policy Advocacy for Children Affected by Parental Substance Abuse

Webinar: State-Level Policy Advocacy for Children Affected by Parental Substance Abuse

These webinar slides examines the role of substance abuse in child welfare.  Sid Gardner, President of Children and Family Futures presented on what state advocates should know about substance use in a child welfare context, including trends in state legislation and promising practices and policies. This presentation is a follow up to the this brief...
Improving Child Well-Being: Strengthening Collaboration Between the Child Welfare and Health Care Systems

Improving Child Well-Being: Strengthening Collaboration Between the Child Welfare and Health Care Systems

This brief authored by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s PolicyLab & Safe Place, explores collaborations—old and new—between child welfare and medical providers. It serves as a resource for states seeking to strengthen these collaborations across the continuum of child welfare services from CPS reporting and investigation to in-home protective services, foster care, and post-reunification services....

New Series of Papers Released by Children’s Bureau on Integrating Safety, Permanency and Well-Being in Child Welfare

By Rricha Mathur, First Focus Policy Research Associate and Program Manager The Children’s Bureau recently released a series of papers highlighting the importance of a well-being framework for promoting the healthy development of children and youth in the child welfare system. The well-being framework looks at the problem of child abuse from a more comprehensive...

Brief: Improving the Well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native Children and Families through State-Level Efforts to Improve Indian Child Welfare Act Compliance

The well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children and their families is directly connected to the relationship they have with their culture, extended families, and tribal communities. Federal and state child welfare policies and practices have sometimes not well understood or supported these relationships by not recognizing the unique qualities of AI/AN culture...
Executive Summary: Medicaid to 26 for Former Foster Youth

Executive Summary: Medicaid to 26 for Former Foster Youth

This is an executive summary of the policy brief, Medicaid to 26 for Former Foster Youth: An Update on the State Option and State Efforts to Ensure Coverage for All Young People Irrespective of Where They Aged Out of Care. Download the brief here.