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Promoting birth parents as leaders and strategic partners in prevention and child welfare systems reform

CARING CONVERSATIONS

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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 pandemic and other world events such as the Ukraine invasion, it is easy to feel isolated and stressed. Through these virtual meetings, we can come together and share our experiences, successes and concerns.

Register HERE to participate in the next Caring Conversation.

Updated Parent Partnership Organizations Directory

The BPNN’s directory of parent partnership organizations provides an overview of organizations nationwide that partner with parents to support, strengthen and sustain healthy families and communities. It was developed 5 years ago in partnership with the parent members of the BPNN. The 2022 update includes newly formed state parent advisory councils and other 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 info@ctfalliance.org.

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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
  • Have an interest 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.

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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.

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Resources

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.

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Directory of Parent Partnership Organizations

The Parent Partnership Organizations Directory provides an overview of organizations nationwide that partner with parents to support, strengthen and sustain healthy families and communities. It was developed 5 years ago in partnership with the parent members of the BPNN. The 2022 update includes newly formed state parent advisory councils and other 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 info@ctfalliance.org.

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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.

Events

2022 BPNN Quarterly Webinars

February 17, 2022 – Celebrating Parent Leadership: Tools, Resources and Exciting Updates

Introduction and Public Policy (34 minutes)

Exciting News: Book Club Guide, Georgia PAC and Dr. Bruce Perry (32 minutes)

National Parent Leadership Month Materials and Closing Comments (19 minutes)

 

Webinar Materials:

May 17, 2022 – Bringing Parent Voice to Policy and Practice

BPNN Webinars Archive

2021 Webinars

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

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

August 26, 2021 – Impacts on Parents, Children and Communities

October 28, 2021 – A Focus on Fathers

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

2022 8th Annual Virtual Convening

Racism and Anti-Racism in the Social Ecology

The Birth Parent National Network (BPNN) 8th Annual Virtual Convening examined how racism shows up across the social ecology of children and their families’ lives. The June 23 convening was led by Dr. Charlyn Harper Browne and Cailin O’Connor from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP). They explored the many ways that racism permeates our lives, and how we can take active, anti-racist steps as individuals and within systems.

The virtual convening ended with participants sharing how we, as individuals, can implement anti-racist strategies, policies and practices in our relationships, organizations, communities and society.

The following materials are available to download:

Previous 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.

2021 Virtual Convening

STRUCTURAL RACISM AND CURRENT DAY IMPLICATIONS: How We Got Here and a Better Path Forward

December 2, 2021

2020 Virtual Convening

Alliance Resiliency Project

Keeping Families Strong During COVID-19

Many families across our nation struggled – and are still struggling – because of the evolving impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. To support parents during this national crisis, the Children’s Trust Fund Alliance developed the Alliance Resiliency Project. We are partnering with Casey Family Programs to provide a trusted and supportive resource to almost 400 parents who are members of the Birth Parent National Network (BPNN), the Birth Parent Advisory Committee (BPAC) and the Birth and Foster Parent Partnership (BFPP).

Families are doing their best to manage their fear and stress and to reduce the trauma being experienced by their children – but they need help. Flexible funding through the Alliance Resiliency Project helped support families and filled gaps not met by other resources. The importance of the support for concrete needs cannot be overstated. Often, these funds provided safety and security when all other options had been exhausted and the ability to help stabilize family situations has made a powerful, lasting and important difference in the lives of many families. 

TouchPoint Parents

TouchPoint Parents work with and support parents in the BPNN, the BPAC and the BFPP. They help parents with such concrete needs as accessing technology, financial assistance and linking to resources in their community or state. Parents are encouraged to join the Caring Conversations to connect with other parents for information and support.

Caring Conversations

Although the Alliance Resiliency Project grant period ended June 30, 2021, the Alliance is continuing to hold Caring Conversations every Monday at Noon CT for parents to share with each other how they are getting through this time of COVID, what supports they need and what creative ways they have found to make the most of this trying situation. Register HERE to participate in the next Caring Conversation.

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Alliance Resiliency Project Report

The Alliance compiled a full report on the project when the grant period ended June 30, 2021. The report – Alliance Resiliency Project: A Model for Flexible Funding to Support Families – contains lessons learned and was featured during the Alliance presentation at the PCAA virtual conference in August.

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Parents Talk About the Alliance Resiliency Project

Children’s Trust Fund Alliance staff asked three parents to share what the Alliance Resiliency Project meant to them. Clips from the interviews were featured in the Alliance’s presentation at the Prevent Child Abuse America virtual conference in August.

Terecca DeFehr and Tiffany Csonka are regular participants in the Caring Conversations. Both were connected with a TouchPoint Parent for concrete and emotional support. Tecoria Jones is a TouchPoint Parent and shares how she grew in that role and also discusses the full project and the Caring Conversations in which she was a regular participant.

Terecaa DeFehr  – Participant in Caring Conversations (14:51 minutes)

Tiffany Csonka  – Participant in Caring Conversations (7:22 minutes)

Tecoria Jones – TouchPoint Parent (17:20 minutes)