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Brief: How Can State Law Support School Continuity and Success for Students in Foster Care?

Brief: How Can State Law Support School Continuity and Success for Students in Foster Care?

This brief is authored by The Legal Center for Foster Care and Education, a collaboration between the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, Education Law Center (PA), and Juvenile Law Center. The federal Fostering Connections Act of 2008 and the McKinney-Vento Act both provide education stability for children in foster care, especially...
Brief - Knowing the Numbers: Accessing and Using Child Welfare Data

Brief – Knowing the Numbers: Accessing and Using Child Welfare Data

Data can be an incredibly powerful tool for child welfare advocates, policymakers, and program administrators in their work to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families. From identifying target population characteristics and needs, to documenting program or service outcomes, to assessing a policy’s effect, using data to inform efforts to help children and families...
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 Reform in Massachusetts highlights Massachusetts...
Perspectives from the Field - Judge Ernestine Gray

Perspectives from the Field – Judge Ernestine Gray

The Honorable Ernestine Gray is the Chief Judge for Orleans Parish Juvenile Court in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has served the people of New Orleans as a juvenile court judge since 1984. The SPARC team interviewed Judge Gray for this podcast in January 2014, focusing on her insights on opportunities for progress on child abuse...

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