upENDing Systems

The child welfare system has a long history of structural racism which has led to devastating consequences for children and families of color. Working in partnership with many others, we believe that we can upEND this and reimagine new, anti-racist ways of keeping children safe and protected in their homes.

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New Resource

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the health and prosperity of each of us depends on the health and prosperity of all of us. As such, we must create policies that support immigrant families now and ALWAYS.

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New Statement

We are deeply pained by the recent murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and every Black and Brown life that was taken before them due to racism and White supremacy. Read CEO Judy Meltzer’s statement on the recent uprisings and how CSSP will work to demand justice.

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COVID-19 Clearinghouse

During this public health emergency, we must be diligent in protecting ALL people. Access all of our resources related to the COVID-19 crisis here.

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New Report

The application of a human-centered design approach by Del Norte and Tribal Lands (DNATL) illustrates one strategy for engaging and partnering with community members to design an initiative that strives for health equity. 

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Who We Are

The Center for the Study of Social Policy works to achieve a racially, economically, and socially just society in which all children, youth, and families thrive. We translate ideas into action, promote public policies grounded in equity, and support strong and inclusive communities. We advocate with and for all children, youth, and families marginalized by public policies and institutional practices.

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Our Approach

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Systems Reform

We draw on the latest research and work to make systems more responsive, accountable, and rooted in policies that ensure equity and inclusion for all children, youth, families, and communities.

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Community Outreach

We believe in the power of communities to shape their futures. We work with communities across the country and with local systems to impact policy and systems change.

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We work to influence public policy to create opportunity, advance equity, achieve impact, and scale results. We fight against inequitable policy proposals and promote policies that ensure equity and inclusion.