Is There Room At Your Table?

Is There Room At Your Table?

This post originally appeared on the Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children blog. In observance of National Adoption Month, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children Development Director Audrey Eisenberg shares her perspective on making the needs of children in foster care a priority … The other night, my caseworker called to cancel our final...
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

DOJ Makes New Commitments to Enforce the Indian Child Welfare Act

By Rricha Mathur On December 3rd at the White House Tribal Nations Conference Attorney General Eric Holder boldly announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will be launching a new initiative to ensure compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). Under this new initiative, the DOJ pledges to actively identify state-court cases where the...

How children fare in the CRromnibus

By Shadi Houshyar Last Thursday evening, the House approved a $1.1 trillion bill funding most of the government through September despite opposition from Democrats and significant disagreement from members of both parties. The House also voted by unanimous consent on a two-day continuing resolution (CR), which expired on Saturday. The CR was intended to keep the government...
Federal Fiscal Year 2015 Final Budget

Federal Fiscal Year 2015 Final Budget

This chart  details the federal budget in key children’s and child welfare areas.      

Connecticut Voices for Children Brings Youth to the Capitol

By Dianna Walters Connecticut Voices for Children’s 4th annual Youth at the Capitol Day Forum was held on Monday in Hartford, CT, providing an excellent example of the power of stakeholder engagement as an advocacy strategy. This year’s event, titled after a recently released report, Because Relationships Matter: Improving Opportunities and Outcomes for Youth in...

Blog: White House Foster Youth Event

By Shadi Houshyar On December 8, a group of current and former foster youth joined Vice President Joe Biden and the cast of the remake of the Broadway classic Annie at the White House for a Foster Youth event. A special screening of Annie was accompanied by the release of a fact sheet on Improving Outcomes for Our...