Briefs

Brief: The 2017 Going Places Campaign

This is a brief to summarize the 2017 activities around the Going Places Campaign (a SPARC initiative).   Teens in foster care as well as youth who age out of care often face significant barriers to obtaining a driver’s license. Without a driver’s license, young people in foster care often miss out on age-appropriate adolescent...

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...

Family Stability and Kinship Care Act

The Family Stability and Kinship Care Act (S. 1964, H.R. 3781) introduced in August by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and in October by Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), is aimed at reforming the federal financing of child welfare services and providing for new investments in prevention, intervention and post-permanency services and supports. The bill enhances federal...

NACAC State-by-State Adoption Fact Sheets

NACAC produced the following adoption fact sheets for the State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC) to help inform adoption community members and adoption advocates. The fact sheets, derived mostly from 2012 AFCARS data, have information about the number of waiting children, the length of time children spend in care, the race of waiting and...
Brief: Families at the Nexus of Housing and Child Welfare

Brief: Families at the Nexus of Housing and Child Welfare

Research on the relationship between housing and child welfare has consistently found a higher rate of child welfare system involvement among families that are homeless or otherwise precariously housed than among low income families with stable housing. Studies also show that housing problems are common among child welfare system involved families and can become a...