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

Brief – State-Level Policy Advocacy for Children Affected by Parental Substance Use

More than 8.3 million children, or 11 percent of all children in the United States, live in homes where at least one parent or caretaker has a substance use disorder involving alcohol and other drugs. Parental substance abuse places the family at an increased risk of child abuse, neglect, and trauma. Most of these children...

Blog: Authentically Engaging Youth to Create Bonds

By Lexie Gruber, First Focus Intern Associate The second day of the National Summit on Authentic Youth Engagement got off to an invigorating start with a keynote address by Dr. Steve Perry. Perry is the founder and principal of Capitol Preparatory Magnet School, a high school that serves at-risk, inner-city youth and has managed to...

Blog: Lessons from the First Day of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative National Summit on Authentic Youth Engagement

During the opening keynote of the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative National Summit on Authentic Youth Engagement, speaker John Gomperts asked the audience to consider our approach to engaging youth. He rhetorically implored the audience to consider why adults seem to instinctually resist the insights of young people and highlighted just how important youth voices...
Brief - Prevent, Protect & Provide: How child welfare can better support low-income families

Brief – Prevent, Protect & Provide: How child welfare can better support low-income families

The State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center is proud to release a new brief, Prevent, Protect & Provide: How child welfare can better support low-income families. Families living in poverty have a significantly higher likelihood of experiencing crises. While the majority of poor families never come to the attention of the child welfare system, poverty is still...
Brief: Sex Trafficking and the Child Welfare System

Brief: Sex Trafficking and the Child Welfare System

Reports indicate that over 100,000 children and youth are trafficked in the United States annually, many of whom have been in the care of the child welfare system or will enter it at some point in their lives. There is a role for child welfare advocates to become more active in identifying risks children and youth in the foster...