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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

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)

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Policy Paper

Stronger Together: Building an Inclusive System of Supports for Immigrant Families During the Pandemic, and Always

July 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic demands federal action that includes protecting and promoting the well being of all families now, and into the future—especially for immigrant families. This brief explores how policymakers can begin to build a comprehensive and inclusive system of supports to protect immigrant families.

(10 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

Our Future Together: A Framework for an Equitable Immigration System that Protects and Promotes the Well-Being of Families

March 2019

This report proposes a framework for an equitable immigration system that protects and promotes the well-being of families seeking to enter the United States at the southern border or other ports of entry, as well as of families who are already living here. 

(25 pp)

Policy Paper

Public Charge Comments Template

December 2018

This document gives states and communities a template for use in submitting comments on the proposed public charge guidance.

(10pp)

Policy Paper

Moving to High Quality Child Care for All: Addressing Inequities through CCDBG State Plans

October 2018

As States begin implementing their required CCDBG triennial plans for 2019-2021, Child Care Administrators and other State policy leaders should use this opportunity to improve the quality of, and expand access to, child care for low-income families of color.
(10pp)

Policy Paper

The Proposed Public Charge Rule

October 2018

This brief discusses a proposed rule that would, if finalized, dramatically redefine a century-old provision of immigration law. 
(3pp)

Policy Paper

Family First Prevention Services Act: Pregnant & Parenting Youth FAQs

October 2018

The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) was signed into law on February 9, 2018. The FAQs in this brief provide responses to the most commonly asked questions related to this population.
(2pp)

Brief

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: A Critical Pathway to Safety and Permanence for States

2016

This policy paper offers guidance for policymakers on how to protect children and youth from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico in the absence of visa availability.
(6 pp)