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Twenty-five years after its passage, we revisit the Adoption and Safe Families Act and call for it’s repeal. 

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New Report

The COVID relief funding for child care provided an opportunity to observe how positive stakeholder engagement can lead to more equitable policy outcomes. The results of an in-depth look at the experiences in Michigan, North Carolina, and Mississippi demonstrate key lessons for effective stakeholder engagement.

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New Blog

The Supreme Court has heard oral arguments in a series of cases consolidated into one case, Brackeen v. Haaland, that challenges the constitutionality of ICWA—the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978.

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We’re Hiring! 

CSSP is growing. We’re searching for a Program Analyst to work with our Capacity Building and Leadership Development Team. 

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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.