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A Policy Agenda for a Nation that CARES for Young Adults

December 2023

A product of a collaboration between CARES Ambassadors and CSSP, this policy agenda reimagines how policy supports young people in their families and communities, respects and affirms their whole identity, and sets us all up for success. Learn more about A Policy Agenda for a Nation that CARES for Young Adults here.

(25 pp)

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Explainer: Why Racial Disparities in IRS Auditing Practices are an Urgent Matter of Family Economic Security

November 2023

This brief discusses the racial disparities in auditing that are an urgent matter of family economic security, and redressing those disparities to ensure that all families can file their taxes without fear of unjust surveillance or retribution.

(3 pp)

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Kevin S., et al. v. Blalock and Scrase, Co-Neutrals’ Baseline and 2022 Annual Report (November 15, 2023)

November 2023

This is the Co-Neutrals’ third Kevin S. report on the State’s efforts to achieve the commitments of the FSA. Overall, in 2022, the State remained far behind the FSA timelines for most commitments. The FSA was structured with Implementation Targets (ITs) due to be completed in the first years of the reform as the foundation for improved outcomes (Target Outcomes, TOs) for New Mexico’s children, youth, and families. 

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Using Demographic Data to Advance Equity: Insights from the Data 4 Equity and Action Lab

November 2023

This document reflects insights and lessons learned over the 12-month period of the Data for Equity and Action (D4EA)  Lab to help inform funders and organizations that are interested in convening partners and constituents to explore opportunities to leverage demographic data to advance equity.

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Michelle H., et al. v. McMaster Progress Report (October 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023)

October 2023

This report covers the progress of the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS) in meeting the requirements of the Final Settlement Agreement (FSA) entered in Michelle H., et al. v. McMaster and Leach, for the period October 1, 2022 through March 31, 2023.

Read the supplemental report.

(140 pp)


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July 2023 Co-Monitors’ Supplemental Report Regarding the South Carolina Placement Crisis

October 2023

This report was submitted to the Court and the public by the Co-Monitors in response to the escalating DSS placement crisis. It includes a summary and analysis of recent information collected, along with short-, medium-, and long-term recommendations for ways to address the underlying causes of the instability being experienced by children and families engaged with the South Carolina Department of Social Services.

Read the full report.

(30 pp)

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Charlie and Nadine H Report on Progress (April 25 – October 25, 2023)

October 2023

This report measures the progress of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families under the Sustainability and Exit Plan and includes performance data for the period of April 25 – October 25, 2023. This release is the final report by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), the court-appointed Monitor in the federal class action lawsuit Charlie and Nadine H. v. Murphy, and marks the successful conclusion of almost two decades of work to improve New Jersey’s child welfare system. 

(53 pp)

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Designed to Keep You Down: TANF Creates Obstacles for Families Even as it Provides Critical Support

October 2023

This report shares findings from research conducted by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) and parents participating in Project SPARC (Student Parents Are Reimagining CalWORKs), a project of the CalWORKs Association.

(26 pp)

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Supporting Youth Aging Out of Foster Care through SNAP

October 2023

The Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 (FRA) includes new provisions which should eliminate some of the barriers former foster youth have  experienced in accessing SNAP. This brief explains the new rules and the steps that state agencies can take to ensure that former foster youth are able to access the critical nutrition assistance they are now owed.

This brief updates a version originally published in 2016.

(11 pp)

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Housing is a Barrier for Parenting Students

September 2023

In 2022, the Center for the Study of Social Policy and Project SPARC conducted research to better understand the barriers experienced by parenting students participating in CalWORKs, California’s cash assistance program for families with children. This brief highlights findings from the research on parenting students’ experiences with housing.

(8 pp)

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