Press Room

December 2, 2020—What We Owe Young Children

A Statement from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)


September 21, 2020—Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: We Mourn Her Death and Will Celebrate Her Life Through Action

A Statement from Judith Meltzer, President of the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)


September 17, 2020—On the Road to Abolition: the upEND Movement Releases Three New Resources to Help Reimagine the Child Welfare System

A Statement from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) and the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work


September 8, 2020—We Cannot Be Silent: Now More than Ever We Must Demand Justice and Open Conversation about Racism

A Statement from Judith Meltzer, President of the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)


August 20, 2020—CSSP and NCLR File Supreme Court Amicus Brief to Preserve Non-Discrimination Requirements in Child Welfare Services

A Statement from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) and the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR)


July 8, 2020—Federal Court Hearing on Child Welfare Progress in New Jersey: Release of CSSP Monitoring Report for the Charlie and Nadine H v. Murphy Sustainability and Exit Plan

A Statement from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)


June 19, 2020—New Movement Seeks to upEND the Child Welfare System and Create Anti-Racist Supports for Children and Families

A Statement from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) and the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work


June 2, 2020—Black Lives Matter: CSSP Demands Justice by Working for Anti-Racism

A Statement from Judith Meltzer, President of the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)


May 12, 2020—Every Child Counts: Trump Administration Undermines Child Welfare’s Ability to Serve All Children Well through Final AFCARS Rule

A Statement from Judith Meltzer, President of the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)


April 10, 2020—COVID-19: Exposing the Racial Fault Lines in Our Public Policies

A Statement from Judith Meltzer, President of the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)


March 16, 2020—COVID-19: We Must Protect the Health and Well-Being of All Children, Youth, and Families

A Statement from Judith Meltzer, President of the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)


March 4, 2020—Six StriveTogether Communities Join Early Learning Nation Cohort

CSSP and StriveTogether announce the launch of a new Early Learning Nation cohort of six communities.


February 24, 2020—Public Charge Threatens the Health and Well-Being of Families Across the Country

A Statement from Judith Meltzer, President of the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)


February 13, 2020—The Trump Administration’s Budget Does Not Support Families

A Statement from Judith Meltzer, President of the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)


February 10, 2020—The Racist Roots of Work Requirements

A New Report from CSSP Examines How Federal Policy Furthers Systemic Racism


January 23, 2020—Monitoring Report on Child Welfare Progress Issued Under the Charlie and Nadine H v. Murphy Sustainability and Exit Plan

The New Jersey Department of Families and Children has made improvements in serving children and families. They are documented in this status report under the Sustainability and Exit Plan of the lawsuit Charlie and Nadine H. v. Murphy.


December 16, 2019Judith Meltzer Named President of the Center for the Study of Social Policy

A Statement from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)


November 20, 2019Trump Administration Continues to Legislate Discrimination Against Children Involved in the Child Welfare System

A Statement from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)


September 10, 2019We Need Bold Action to Promote Family Economic Security

A Statement from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)


September 10, 2019New Training Helps Child Protection Workers Examine and Address Implicit Racial Bias

A Statement from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity


August 23, 2019Trump Administration Takes Additional Steps to Solidify Racist Immigration Agenda

A Statement from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)


August 12, 2019Recent Worksite Immigration Raids are Inhumane

A Statement from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)


June 27, 2019—The Trump Administration’s Systematic Dehumanization of Families

A Statement from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)


June 26, 2019—CSSP’s Ngozi Lawal Selected for National Black Child Development Institute Inaugural Class Of Policy Fellows

This groundbreaking program will elevate and accelerate Black leadership in systems impacting Black children and families.


June 25, 2019—In Honor of Our Friend and Colleague MaryLee Allen

MaryLee was a friend, colleague, and trailblazing child welfare advocate. We honor her memory here.


June 19, 2019—Monitoring Report on Child Welfare Progress Issued Under the Charlie and Nadine H v. Murphy Sustainability and Exit Plan

The New Jersey Department of Families and Children has made improvements in serving children and families. They are documented in this status report under the Sustainability and Exit Plan of the lawsuit Charlie and Nadine H. v. Murphy.


April 4, 2019—David W. Willis Joins CSSP as a Senior Fellow

A Statement from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)


April 4, 2019—Beatriz “BB” Otero Joins CSSP as a Senior Fellow

A Statement from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)


March 19, 2019—Announcing the Retirement of CSSP President Frank Farrow

A Statement from CSSP Board Chair Carol Wilson Spigner


February 21, 2019—Class Action Lawsuit Results in Transformational Change to Tennessee’s Child Welfare System

New Report from the Center for the Study of Social Policy Explores the Lessons Learned


January 22, 2019—Centering Equity in Local Government

‘One Fairfax’ Institutes a Broad Racial and Social Equity Policy in Northern Virginia


November 30, 2018—Children Belong with their Families

A Statement from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) on Treatment of Immigrant Children by the Trump Administration


November 14, 2018—Entangled Roots: The Role of Race in Policies that Separate Families

New Report Examines the Intersection of Systemic Racism and Family Separation in Public Systems


October 31, 2018—Ending Birthright Citizenship is Morally Wrong

A Statement from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)


October 25, 2018—Trans Rights Are Human Rights

A Statement from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)


September 12, 2018—New Census Data Reveal that Many Struggle in a Strong Economy, Despite Modest Wage Gains

A Statement from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)


July 18, 2018—Monitoring Report on Child Welfare Progress Issued Under the Charlie and Nadine H v. Christie Sustainability and Exit Plan

The New Jersey Department of Families and Children has made improvements in serving children and families. They are documented in this status report under the Sustainability and Exit Plan of the lawsuit Charlie and Nadine H. v. Christie.


June 19 2018—Zero Tolerance Immigration Policy is a Cruel and Immoral Human Rights Violation

A Statement from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)


April 24, 2018—Local Communities to Prioritize a Strong Start for Babies and Toddlers

Leading National Groups Announce Selection of Communities across the Country to Focus on Healthy Beginnings, Supported Families and Quality Child Care from Birth to Age 3


February 16, 2018—Keeping Families Together: Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) Aligns Financing with Child Wellbeing

Congress recently passed the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), marking a step forward for child welfare financing reform.


January 11, 2018—Monitoring Report on Child Welfare Progress Issued Under the Charlie and Nadine H v. Christie Sustainability and Exit Plan

The New Jersey Department of Families and Children has made improvements in serving children and families. They are documented in this status report under the Sustainability and Exit Plan of the lawsuit Charlie and Nadine H. v. Christie.