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

Statement for the Record: Examining the Opioid Epidemic: Challenges and Opportunities

On March 8, the First Focus State Policy and Advocacy Reform Center submitted a Statement for the Record in response to the hearing titled Examining the Opioid Epidemic: Challenges and Opportunities. Children are greatly affected by this growing epidemic and are entering the child welfare system at higher rates due to abuse and neglect related...

Federal Child Welfare Legislation 2015-2016

This document tracks federal child welfare legislation in the 114th Congress. It will be updated periodically as new bills are introduced and legislation is voted on. Download

Measuring the Impact of Children’s Rights to Counsel: Advancing Child Due Process and Well-being in the Juvenile Court Ecology

The well-being of children that come into contact with the child welfare system often hinges on juvenile court decisions where critical decisions about that child’s life are made. Issues such as where they will live, frequency of visits with their siblings, what activities they can participate in and their permanency goals are debated by social...

Connecticut Voices for Children celebrates the release of “Home: Voices of Connecticut’s Foster Youth”

By Bianca Rey, Connecticut Voices for Children On January 11, 2015, Connecticut Voices for Children celebrated the release of Home: Voices of Connecticut’s Foster Youth, with a book event at Metro Bis Restaurant in Simsbury, CT. Youth in state care – whether involved in the state’s child welfare or juvenile justice systems – are some...

Hopeful Futures for New York’s Children

The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy in New York recently released Hopeful Futures for New York’s Children, a policy brief that is the result of data analysis; dozens of interviews with child welfare experts and stakeholders; and a convening of advocates, providers and stakeholders held in the fall of 2015.  This report puts forth a series...