Policy Priorities

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Advocate & Family Resources for Child Welfare

Creating a level playing field for all children is a mission that CDF cannot accomplish alone. We often work with or refer people to many other organizations nationwide who are working to improve the lives of children. A list of some of them is below.

  • AARP Foundation
    AARP Foundation Grandparenting Program helps grandparents and grandchildren have access to resources that strengthens their health, finance, and family connections. AARP Foundation serves grandparents and professionals in a variety of ways, including initiatives around work issues for grandfamilies, a online database that connects grandparents raising grandchildren and/or those seeking visitation with local supportive services and programs, and research about grandparenting.
  • Alliance for Children and Families
    The Alliance for Children and Families provides services to nonprofit child and family serving and economic empowerment organizations in order to strengthen the capacities of these organizations to serve and to advocate for children, families and communities.
  • American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law
    The ABA Center on Children and the Law, a program of the Young Lawyers Division, aims to improve children's lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy. Their areas of expertise include child abuse and neglect, child welfare and protective services system enhancement, foster care, family preservation, termination of parental rights, parental substance abuse, adolescent health, and domestic violence.
  • American Humane Association
    The Children's Division of American Humane develops programs, policies, training, research and evaluation, and cutting-edge initiatives to prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect while also working to strengthen families and communities and enhance child protection systems at the state and county levels.
  • American Public Human Services Association (APHSA)
    The APHSA, is a nonprofit, bipartisan organization of state and local human service agencies and individuals who work in or are interested in public human service programs. Their mission is to develop and promote policies and practices that improve the health and well-being of families, children, and adults.
  • Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA)
    AAIA promotes the welfare of American Indians and Alaska Natives by supporting efforts to: sustain and perpetuate their cultures and languages; protect their sovereignty, constitutional, legal and human rights, and natural resources; and improve their health, education, and economic and community development.
  • CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
    The National CASA Association is a network of 1,000 program offices that are recruiting, training and supporting volunteers to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings. Independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to reenter care.
  • Casey Family Programs
    Casey Family Programs’ mission is to provide and improve—and ultimately to prevent the need for—foster care. This organization provides direct services and promote advances in child-welfare practice and policy.
  • Casey Family Services
    Casey Family Services is a fully licensed and accredited non-profit child welfare agency providing a broad range of programs to meet the changing needs of vulnerable children and families. Casey has established a number of specialized and innovative community-based programs to help strengthen families and enable parents to provide the healthy, nurturing environments their children need to grow and thrive.
  • Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
    The Center for Law and Social Policy is a national nonprofit that works to improve the lives of low-income people. CLASP’s mission is to improve the economic security, educational and workforce prospects, and family stability of low-income parents, children, and youth and to secure equal justice for all.
  • Chapin Hall Center for Children
    Chapin Hall is an independent policy research center whose mission is to build knowledge that improves policies and programs for children and youth, families, and their communities.
  • Child Welfare League of America
    CWLA is a coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies serving vulnerable children and families. Their focus is children and youth who may have experienced abuse, neglect, family disruption, or a range of other factors that jeopardize their safety, permanence, or well-being. CWLA also focuses on the families, caregivers, and the communities that care for and support these children.
  • ChildFocus
    ChidFocus brings together people, programs, and policy to improve the lives of children and families. ChildFocus helps its clients develop practical, far-reaching strategies through a variety of services, including policy analysis, capacity building, program development, government and community relations, and strategic communications.
  • Children and Family Research Center (CFRC)
    CFRC is an independent research organization dedicated to supporting and conducting research that contributes to keeping children safe, assuring permanent homes for children, and supporting child and family well-being. Partnered with the School of Social Work by the University of Illinois and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, the university-agency partnership advances the safety, family permanence, and well-being of Illinois children.
  • Children's Rights
    Children's Rights gathers and shares information that may be overlooked by the average person.
  • Coalition on Human Needs (CHN)
    CHN is an alliance of national organizations that work together to promote public policies which address the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations. The Coalition's members include civil rights, religious, labor and professional organizations and those concerned with the well being of children, women, the elderly and people with disabilities.
  • First Focus
    First Focus brings both traditional and non-traditional leaders together to advocate for federal policies that will improve the lives of America’s children. Child health, education, family economics, child welfare, and child safety are the core issue areas in which First Focus promotes bipartisan policy solutions.
  • Foster Family-Based Treatment Association (FFTA)
    The Foster Family-based Treatment Association strengthens agencies that support families caring for vulnerable children.The Association’s membership is composed of agencies throughout North America currently operating treatment foster care programs.
  • Generations United (GU)
    Generations United is a national membership organization focused solely on improving the lives of children, youth, and older people through intergenerational strategies, programs, and public policies.
  • GrandFamilies of America
    Provides grandparents and relative caregivers of relative children with the necessary tools to navigate the complex government systems.
  • National Alliance to End Homelessness
    The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonpartisan, mission-driven organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States. The Alliance analyzes policy and develops pragmatic, cost-effective policy solutions. They work collaboratively with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build state and local capacity, leading to stronger programs and policies that help homeless individuals and families make positive changes in their lives.
  • National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP)
    NCCP promotes the economic security, health, and well-being of America’s low-income families and children. NCCP uses research to inform policy and practice with the goal of ensuring positive outcomes for the next generation.
  • National Committee of Grandparents for Children's Rights (NCGCR)
    NCGCR is a coaltion of grandparents, citizens, and agencies that advocate and lobby for legislative changes that protect the rights of grandparents to secure their grandchildren's health, happiness and well-being. NCGCR is committed to monitoring agencies that affect grandchildren at the city, county, state and federal levels and to protect the rights of grandparents and the needs of grandchildren who are at risk.
  • National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
    NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. NCSL is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of state governments before Congress and federal agencies.
  • National Foster Care Coalition (NFCC)
    National Foster Care Coalition is a unique partnership of member organizations and individuals dedicated to improving the lives of children, youth, and adults in and from foster care through political and public will building. NFCC members advocate on behalf of children, youth, and families involved with the foster care system; support local, regional, and national foster care initiatives; offer significant levels of training and technical assistance; and provide education and information about foster care to decision makers at the local, state, and federal levels.NFCC also believes that youth involvement must be an integral component of all child welfare efforts.
  • National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA)
    NICWA is a national voice for American Indian children and families. They provide comprehensive source of information on American Indian child welfare and focus specifically on the tribal capacity to prevent child abuse and neglect. NICWA improves the lives of American Indian children and families by helping tribes and other service providers implement services that are culturally competent, community-based, and focused on the strengths and assets of families.
  • National Network for Youth
    The National Network for Youth is committed to ensuring that opportunities for growth and development be available to youth everywhere. The youth they work with face greater odds due to abuse and neglect, homelessness, lack of resources, community prejudice, differing abilities and other life challenges. For that reason, they are working to create a community of agencies, people and resources to champion the needs of the youth of today and the leaders of tomorrow.
  • North America Council of Adoptable Children (NACAC)
    NACAC promotes and supports permanent families for children and youth in the U.S. and Canada who have been in care—especially those in foster care and those with special needs. NACAC focuses its program services in four areas: public policy advocacy, parent leadership capacity building, education and information sharing, and adoption support.
  • The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
    The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice aims at providing a centralized national focal point that pulls together and links the various activities and research that are currently underway, maximizing the awareness and usefulness of new products and learnings, and using the best available knowledge to guide practice and policy.
  • The National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
    The National Immigration Law Center protects and promotes the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members. NILC staff specialize in immigration law and the employment and public benefits rights of immigrants.
  • The Rebecca Project for Human Rights (RPHR)
    RPHR is a national legal and policy organization that advocates for public policy reform, justice and dignity for vulnerable families. The Rebecca Project strives to reform child welfare, criminal justice, and substance abuse policies that impact the lives of vulnerable families.
  • Urban Institute
    The Urban Institute gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs, offers technical assistance overseas, and educates Americans on social and economic issues — to foster sound public policy and effective government.
  • Voices for America's Children (Voices)
    Voices for America’s Children is a nonpartisan, national organization committed to speaking out for the well-being of children at the federal, state and local levels of government. Since 1984, Voices has supported child advocates nationwide who have achieved public policy victories for children in early education, health, juvenile justice, child welfare, tax and budget decisions and other areas.