Tools for Advocates

Child Welfare Policy Primer [Updated: April 2017]

In April 2017, SPARC released Child Welfare Primer: A Guide for Advocates, Policymakers, and Others Interested in Child Welfare Policy Reform. Although the child welfare field has made significant strides over the past few decades, advocates, policy makers, and other leaders across the country continue to push for new reforms to lead to better outcomes...

Toolkit: Support Medicaid to 26 for Foster Youth

Youth aging out of the foster care system face unique challenges that can inhibit their ability to thrive and succeed as adults. Recognizing this, Congress included a provision in the Affordable Care Act that allows youth who age out of foster and enrolled in Medicaid to remain eligible for Medicaid coverage until the age of...

Effective Implementation of the Medicaid Coverage to Age 26 for Former Foster Youth Provision of the Affordable Care Act: A Checklist for State Advocates

This checklist, from SPARC and the Juvenile Law Center, help states determine if they are implementing the Medicaid coverage to age 26 for Former Foster Youth (FFY) provision in a way that maximizes the number of young adults who have insurance coverage and maintain it at least until age 26. It aims to help states...

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...
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.