The Need to Support Children Through Parent- and Caregiver-Focused Policies

The HOPE National Resource Center proudly partners with the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) to advance health and well-being for children, families, and communities. We welcome Leonard Burton, President of CSSP, as our keynote speaker at the Fourth Annual HOPE Summit – The HOPE Transformation. He will present The Promises of HOPE: Building a World that Centers the Positive on Wednesday, March 20 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET.

This blog first appeared on the Healthy Outcome for Positive Experience (HOPE) website, and can be read in its entirety there.

Behind every child who is growing and thriving, and behind every community that is strong and flourishing, are parents and caregivers whose love and devotion and unceasing work make this all possible. But too often policymakers have pathologized parents—suggesting something is wrong with them and that they are not deserving or capable of caring for their children without surveillance and outside intervention. This well-worn narrative is rooted in long history of anti-Black racism, going back to slavery, and has produced public policies and systems that do not effectively support families and actively cause them harm.

This is why, at the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), we take an anti-racist approach to our work. CSSP believes that in order to create a society in which all children, youth, and families have what they need to pursue their goals and thrive, we need to redress how racism has shaped policy and systems—historically and through to the present—to systematically disadvantage people based on their race and other intersecting identities, including sexual orientation and gender identity, ability, immigration status, and caregiving status.

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