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The Biden Administration’s Budget Recognizes Investments in Families Are Long Overdue: Now Let’s Get To Work

March 2023

In its annual budget released in March 2023, the Biden administration once again proposed critical investments in families, including restoring the Child Tax Credit, establishing a national paid family and medical leave program, and expanding access to high quality child care and early education. This fact sheet shares how the Biden administration's proposals reflect what Black, Indigenous, and Latinx parents and caregivers have told us that they need.

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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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Supporting All Our Values: How Publicly Funded, Faith-Based Child Welfare Providers and Non-Discrimination Laws Can Promote Well-Being

February 2019

This report addresses the importance of promoting child well-being, the role of non-discrimination policies in achieving this, examples of partnerships between states and faith-based agencies, and recommendations for how states can ensure the best interest of children and families are met through these partnerships. Also included is a 50-state matrix of laws, regulations, and policies that protect youth in foster care from discrimination based on SOGIE.

(62 pp)

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Seizing the Opportunity: 10 Ways to Advance Equity Through FFPSA

December 2018

This brief outlines 10 opportunities for states to leverage FFPSA to both advance equity and promote better outcomes for children and families. While this list is not exhaustive and there are many other strategies for advancing equity, the 10 opportunities below represent concrete strategies states can pursue to achieve an equitable child welfare system.

(2 pp)


A Blueprint for Progress: Supporting LGBTQ Youth of Color in Child Welfare Systems


These policy recommendations serve as a blueprint for advocates, leaders, and service providers to better support LGBTQ youth of color in child welfare systems.
(23 pp)

Tags: LGBTQ+, getREAL

State Policies Concerning LGBTQ Youth

September 2014

This brief lists policies pertaining to LGBTQ youth for each state, including D.C. It covers public accommodations, social services, child welfare, foster care, juvenile detention, educational facilities, and social worker guidelines.
(135 pp)


Religious Refusal Laws in Child Welfare: Harming Children and Stunting Progress

October 2017

This policy paper discusses how religious refusal laws will impact all children and youth in foster care and—among other complications—can result in even less homes for children.
(7 pp)

Tags: LGBTQ+, getREAL
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Promoting Well-Being Through the Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard: A Guide for States Implementing the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act


This policy paper provides recommendations for policy implementation of a “reasonable and prudent parent standard” for all youth in care, as well as recommendations for LGBTQ and expectant and parenting youth.
(7 pp)

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Out of the Shadows: Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare Through Cross-System Collaboration

May 2016

This policy paper highlights the disparities between LGBTQ foster youth and non-LGBTQ peers, as well as the compounding effects these factors have on intersecting elements like race, ethnicity, culture, and language.


Out of the Shadows: Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare Through Cross-System Collaboration (Current Landscape)

May 2016

This policy paper offers an overview of the current landscape for LGBTQ youth involved in public systems. It provides important statistics and firsthand accounts.