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New Report Urges Continued Support for Helping States’ Keep Kids in Families

In the past decade, the percentage of children placed in congregate care settings has significantly decreased at a greater rate than the overall foster care. This trend reflects a growing consensus within the child welfare field that restrictive institutional settings for foster children should be used sparingly, for short periods of time, and only when...

State Advocates Convene at Strengthening Families Act Implementation Meeting

On Tuesday, June 9, First Focus’s State Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC) hosted a meeting in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative. The goal of the meeting was to provide a forum for state advocates to come together and discuss the various provisions of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening...

Senator Bob Casey (PA) Offers Critical Amendment to Finance Markup

By Shadi Houshyar Today, the Senate Finance Committee is marking up legislation to allow companies to hire veterans without requiring that they be counted as full-time workers under the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer mandate. Senator Bob Casey will be offering an amendment that would clarify Congress’s intent with regards to states’ obligation to extend...

Children’s Advocacy Alliance Releases the 2014 Nevada Children’s Report Card

By Dianna Walters Yesterday, our partner in the State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC) the, Nevada Children’s Advocacy Alliance (CAA) released its biennial 2014 Nevada Children’s Report Card. They also jointly released with the Nevada Institute for Children’s Research & Policy (NICRP) its companion report, the 2015 Legislative Briefing Book. Since 2000, the CAA...

Top Resources of 2014

The State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC) was busy all year working with its partners for stronger advocates, better policies, and improved outcomes for kids. SPARC commissioned and released a number of briefs on ways we can improve outcomes for children and families involved in the child welfare system. Below are the most accessed...