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Policy Paper

A ‘Godsend’: How Temporary Investments in the Child Tax Credit and Child Care Impacted Michigan Families

March 2022

To learn about the impact of the American Rescue Plan’s short-term investments in the CTC and child care, CSSP conducted interviews with low- and moderate-income (ranging from $0-$55,000/year) families of color, child care providers, and stakeholders in Michigan between September and December 2021. The findings make it clear: Robust, long-term investments in both the Child Tax Credit and child care are necessary so that all families—and particularly families of color—have the support they need to not just survive, but to thrive.

(24 pp)

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Policy Paper

What We Owe Young Adults Involved with Child Welfare: A Youth Thrive Policy Agenda

January 2022

We owe young people who age out of care the structure and supports that they need to thrive. To fulfill this obligation and to remove barriers to thriving, we need new investments to support these young people. This policy agenda highlights key opportunities to advance the health and well-being of young people who are involved with child welfare systems.

(8 pp)

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Policy Paper

COVID-19: Our Response Must Protect the Health and Well-Being of All Children, Youth, and Families

March 2020

As the United States responds to the public health emergency and the looming economic crisis stemming from COVID-19, there has not been enough attention to the needs of children, youth, and families who are likely to suffer most during this crisis.

Read a statement from CSSP President Judith Meltzer on COVID-19.

(2pp)

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Policy Paper

What do “Work Requirements” Actually Require? A look at programs that meet families’ basic needs in Montgomery County, Maryland

June 2019

This brief explores work we have done to understand work requirements in Montgomery County, MD. Our goal is to learn what was required of families to apply for, and receive, TANF and SNAP. 

Download the supporting infographic. 

(8 pp)

Policy Paper

What do “Work Requirements” Actually Require?—INFOGRAPHIC

June 2019

This infographic demonstrates the extraordinary amount of time required to obtain TANF benefits. NOTE: These public transit directions and commuting times were calculated mid-day, mid-week, using Google Maps. Actual times may vary and this infographic is intended as illustrative.

Download the brief.

(1 pp)

Policy Paper

Supporting All Families: Financing Streams to Support Prevention Programs—INFOGRAPHIC

May 2019

This infographic depicts the different kinds of programs and resources available to children and families including those that are directed at mitigating risk and preventing the need for foster care.

Read the associated fact sheet for more background and information.

Policy Paper

Supporting All Families: Financing Streams to Support Prevention Programs

May 2019

This fact sheet and infographic depicts the different kinds of programs and resources available to children and families including those that are directed at mitigating risk and preventing the need for foster care.

Download the infographic here.

(2 pp)

Policy Paper

Integrating DULCE into a State Child Welfare Prevention Continuum

May 2019

The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) marks a substantial movement toward child welfare reform by bringing child welfare financing into alignment with what research tells us is best for children and families—keeping children in their homes whenever safe and possible. This brief provides an overview of key opportunities for DULCE to better support families as a part of a state’s prevention continuum.

(2 pp)

Policy Paper

Responsibly Defining Candidacy within the Context of FFPSA: Five Principles to Consider

April 2019

This brief offers guiding principles for states to consider as they work to identify a definition of candidacy that fits within the context of their state policies and prevention service array.

(2 pp)

Brief

Opportunities for Progress: Better Serving Families with Domestic Violence through the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA)

March 2019

This brief outlines the existing challenges within child welfare practice and highlights opportunities within FFPSA for advancing best practice for supporting children and families at the intersection of child welfare and domestic violence.

(4 pp)