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The Opportunity is Now: Five Ways to Better Serve Adolescents and Young Adults through the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA)

May 2021

This brief highlights opportunities within the Families First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) for states to build a prevention continuum that includes a focus on healthy adolescent development and that recognizes and helps rectify disparate opportunities and outcomes for Black, Latinx/e, and Native American youth, and youth who identify as LGBTQ+.

(7 pp)

Policy Paper

The American Rescue Plan’s Child Tax Credit: Advancing Equity and Laying the Foundation for a Child Allowance

March 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 includes a historic one-year expansion of the Child Tax Credit (CTC), providing much-needed support to families with children. This brief provides an overview of the benefits as well as steps the Biden-Harris Administration and Congress must take to ensure that this expanded benefit reaches the children who need it most, including children in Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and immigrant communities.

(7 pp)

Video

The Racist Roots of Work Requirements: Where Do We Go From Here?

As the Center for the Study of Social Policy explained in a report released last year, work requirements are rooted in a long history of anti-Black racism, going back to slavery. To this day, racist myths underlie assumptions that people do not want to work, and need to be forced to work by public policy. This virtual, livestreamed conversation explored the history of work requirements, the reality of labor force participation, and where we should go from here.

Webinar

A Prenatal to Three Blueprint for Child Well-Being and Child Welfare Prevention

February 2021

This webinar focuses on the report, "A Prenatal to Three Blueprint for Child Well-being and Child Welfare Prevention: Building a Primary Prevention Continuum to Support the Health and Well-Being of Children Prenatal to Three," including guiding principles and strategies for building and enhancing a comprehensive continuum that meets the needs of young children and their families.

Download the publication discussed in this webinar here.

Webinar

CWARE Public Discussion: History of Racism in Child Welfare

January 2021

CSSP Senior Associates Alexandra Citrin and Shadi Houshyar  joined First Focus on Children's Aubrey Edwards-Luce for a conversation about the history of racism within the child welfare system. This conversation was live streamed on January 29, 2021.

Report

What We Owe Young Children: An Anti-Racist Policy Platform for Early Childhood

December 2020

Early childhood is a crucial period of growth and learning that can influence children’s opportunities well into adulthood and can shape the future of families and communities. This new resource urges policymakers to enact policies that root out systemic racism and ensure all children can have a happy and healthy start to life.

In addition, read our one-pager, Principles for Anti-Racist Policymaking.

(30 pp)

Video

upENDing the Child Welfare System: the Road to Abolition Day 2

October 2020

The inaugural convening of the newly launched upEND Movement took place over two days and featured organizers, activists, scholars, and community leaders discussing abolition theory and innovative ways to create a society in which the forcible separation of children from their families is no longer an acceptable solution for families in need.

Watch Day 1 here.

Video

upENDing the Child Welfare System: the Road to Abolition Day 1

October 2020

The inaugural convening of the newly launched upEND Movement took place over two days and featured organizers, activists, scholars, and community leaders discussing abolition theory and innovative ways to create a society in which the forcible separation of children from their families is no longer an acceptable solution for families in need.

Watch Day 2 here.

Video

Youth Thrive: Voices from the Network

October 2020

In this seven minute video, we hear from several people who have worked closely with or been influenced by the Youth Thrive framework.

Video

Supporting Permanency for LGBTQ+ and Gender Expansive Youth

October 2020

This session is one of six in the CASCW Fall Webinar Series "Supporting Permanency and Transitions to Adulthood for Youth in Care." Presented by Vida K. Khavar, MA, LMFT, getREAL Project Director and Bill Bettencourt, Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Social Policy.