Birth Parent National Network (BPNN)


The Birth Parent National Network (BPNN) promotes birth parents as leaders and strategic partners in prevention and child welfare systems reform.

BPNN 7th Annual Virtual Convening


Thursday, December 2, 2021 – 10:00am to 12:30pm PT

Join us for the Birth Parent National Network (BPNN) 7th Annual Virtual Convening to learn about the core concepts related to race/ethnic equity and inclusion issues. The convening will be led by the W. Haywood Burns Institute (BI) which is a black-led national, nonprofit that is working to transform the notion of what justice means. BI employs strategies and tactics to establish a community-centered approach of justice administration that is anchored in structural well-being.

You will hear about the historical perspective regarding the impact of structural racism on the development of human services work. You will also have the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of what we need to consider to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities within systems.

Key topics that will be covered include:

  • Four Levels of Racism
  • Foundational Language (e.g., Equity, Equality, Intersectionality)
  • Othering and Belonging
  • Discriminatory Design
  • White Supremacy Culture
  • Structural Racism
  • Mental Models
  • History
  • How to Make Change
  • Structural Racism Awareness Tool
  • Anchoring the Work and Centering the Community

Haywood Burns Institute

We are pleased to have the prestigious W. Haywood Burns Institute (BI) lead the convening. BI uses the term structural well-being strategically, as it represents a reimagined system of public policies, institutional and inclusive practices, cultural representations and other norms that work to strengthen families, communities and individual well-being for positive life outcomes. This notion is in direct contrast to the nation’s current operational framework of structural racism. Click HERE to learn more about BI.

Help Promote the Convening

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Join the Children’s Trust Fund Alliance Birth Parent National Network (BPNN) for its 7th annual virtual convening Dec. 2. We’ll learn about the core concepts related to race/ethnic equity and inclusion issues. Register now!


What Parents Say About…Equity and Support for Underserved Communities

We thank all of the parents who took time to make their voices heard about advancing equity and support for underserved communities. The Alliance collected more than 70 responses from parents to a survey from the US Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President. Parents from the Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC), the Birth Parent National Network (BPNN), the Birth and Foster Parent Partnership (BFPP) and the Birth Parent Advisory Committee (BPAC) provided their perspectives in the following areas:

  • Stakeholder and community engagement
  • Equity assessments and strategies
  • Barrier and burden reduction
  • Procurement and contracting
  • Financial assistance
  • Feedback loops
  • Additional information

Check out the meaningful and impactful responses in What Parents Say About…Advancing Equity and Support for Underserved Communities.

Download What Parents Say About…Advancing Equity and Support

This report joins our popular What Parents Say About… series which can be found in Resources. Or click on the button below where you can choose to download any or all of the seven publications:

Download ALL 7 What Parents Say About… Documents

Become part of the


We are a national network of hundreds of birth parents and organizations working together to strengthen families, communities and systems by engaging the voices of parents.

Promote Parent Voices

The Alliance’s BPNN recruits parents, individual stakeholders and organizations that work with parents to join together to promote and support the voices of parents to inform policies and practices that effect children and families. The dynamic BPNN membership consists of:

Parents who:

  • Are committed to a strength-based, preventative approach for systems that interact with families
  • Have high interest in engaging in policy work and drawing on their life experiences to inform and educate policymakers and other stakeholders
  • Have experienced challenges and have been at risk of child welfare involvement
  • Have been previously involved with the child welfare system

Organizations that are:

  • Committed to identifying and supporting parents as strategic partners in policy work and system reform
  • Interested in sharing materials and resources with their peers and colleagues nationally

BPNN Members meet four times a year by webinar for policy updates and information sharing. Also, the BPNN holds an annual virtual convening in December.

Join Now

Select the application form best suited to your role: Parent, Individual Stakeholder or Organization. You will be contacted once your application has been received. All forms will appear in a pop-up window.


Individual Stakeholder


Responding to Family Needs During COVID-19

Many families across our nation are struggling during this COVID-19 pandemic. At the Children’s Trust Fund Alliance, we have spoken to parents who have lost their jobs, and are anxious about providing for their families. This pandemic has created a common denominator of stress and challenge for most families. The Alliance is working tirelessly to provide information, support and opportunities for action to strengthen and promote the well-being of children, families and communities.

Help Us Make the Case for Continued Support

At a time when there is such critical need at every turn, we need to make the case for additional support for children and families dealing with the challenges of COVID-19. Collecting and sharing the stories of families during the pandemic is one way to put a face on these real and everyday challenges to help systems leaders and policymakers prioritize the needs of families.

We have created a short questionnaire to give families a way to share your stories with the media. The questionnaire is simple and submission will be followed up by a contact from the Alliance. Stories are powerful – so if you have a story to share or know of a family that you work with that might be willing to share their story, please complete the questionnaire HERE or share this link with others:



10 AM PT • 11 AM MT • 12 PM CT • 1 PM ET

Children’s Trust Fund Alliance is building a better normal by bringing together the powerful strengths within the Birth Parent National Network (BPNN). The Alliance is holding Caring Conversations every Monday to support us all and to facilitate our collective wisdom. Social connections are a powerful protective factor in our lives. However, because of the necessary social distancing to avoid the Coronavirus, it is easy to feel isolated. Through these virtual meetings, we can come together and share our experiences, successes and concerns.

Register HERE to participate in the next Caring Conversation.


What Parents Say About…

New What Parents Say About…

What Parents Say About…Advancing Equity and Support for Underserved Communities is a compilation of more than 70 responses from parents to a Request for Information (RFI) on Methods and Leading Practices for Advancing Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through Government. The RFI was issued by the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President.

Parents from the Alliance National Parent Partnership Council, the Birth Parent National Network, the Birth and Foster Parent Partnership and the Birth Parent Advisory Committee took their time to offer meaningful and impactful responses.

Download What Parents Say About…Advancing Equity and Support

Parent Partner Compendium

The Alliance created the document, Parent Partnership Compendium of Organizations, in partnership with parents. The compendium provides an overview of organizations nationwide that partner with parents to support, strengthen and sustain healthy families and communities. It includes a range of resources such as parent partner programs, support groups, parenting initiatives, networks and national organizations that provide technical assistance, training and systems improvements. This is an evolving list and will be updated as new information is received. To submit new information, contact

Download Compendium

Parents Impact Policy

Family First Prevention Services Act

The Family First Prevention Services Act was passed by Congress in February 2018. This groundbreaking legislation changes the way child welfare systems can support families and provides new resources for prevention of foster care. The Alliance and our parent partners are working hard to educate policymakers charged with implementing this new legislation.

See additional information about FFPSA, including both a short and detailed summary of the legislation, an implementation timeline and the law language. Check out the resources below:

Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis is a serious problem for many families and our nation. The Alliance and our partners are speaking out about strong supports for families facing this challenge. Casey Family Programs’ CEO William C. Bell testified at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on the impact of the opioid crisis on children and families.


2021 BPNN Webinars

Mark your calendar and save the following Thursdays for upcoming BPNN webinars:

  • August 26, 2021
  • October 28, 2021

The 90-minute webinars begin at 10 am PT, 11am MT, 12 pm CT and 1 pm ET. The BPNN’s 7th annual virtual convening is set for the first week of December. Download the 2021 BPNN Membership Recruitment Flyer and Calendar for more information about how you can make a difference by joining the BPNN.

February 25, 2021 – Celebrating National Leadership Month and Black History Month

May 27, 2021 – The Power and Impact of Parent Voice

Aug. 26, 2021 – Impacts on Parents, Children and Communities

BPNN Webinars Archive

2020 Webinars

May 26, 2020 – Parent Advisory Councils and Authentic Partnerships

July 14, 2020 – Policy Discussions and Developments Affecting Children and Families

July 29, 2020 – Elevating the Impact of COVID on Parents Involved in Child Welfare

July 30, 2020 – Parent Advisory Councils and Authentic Partnerships Part 2

October 22, 2020 – Race Talk: Facilitating Effective Conversations for Addressing Racial Justice and System Inequities

BPNN Virtual Convenings

The Alliance’s Birth Parent National Network (BPNN) hosts a free virtual convening each year. BPNN members and keynote speakers share new ideas and strategies to create opportunities for parent voices to improve policies and practices impacting children and families nationwide.
2020 Virtual Convening