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The Children’s Trust Fund Alliance partners with parents to share and promote their voices through publications and other resources. For example, the “What Parents Say About…” series focuses on timely and important topics from the perspective of parents. Other resources further demonstrate how parents impact policy.

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. The Alliance and our partners are speaking out about the needs to provide 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.

What Parents Say…

What Parents Say About…Building a 21st Century Community-Based Approach to Strengthening Families is the BPNN’s newest issue brief. Parents discuss strategies that can improve the child welfare system and promote earlier and more preventative supports for families. The best outcomes occur when parents are viewed as strong partners who can make important contributions to the work with their own and other families.

We Need You

The Alliance’s BPNN actively recruits parents 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 six times per year by webinar for education and information sharing. These webinars and other resources focus on tips and information to prepare birth parents to effectively participate in a range of policy activities, such as giving personal testimony, educational meetings with policymakers, etc.

Join Now

Select the application form best suited to your role: Parent or Organization. You will be contacted once the application has been received.

Parent Membership Application

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Organization Membership Application

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Recruitment Materials To Share:

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


Birth and Foster Parent Partnership (BFPP)

The Birth and Foster Parent Partnership is an innovative approach that creates authentic partnerships between parents who advocate for policy and practices that benefit children and families.

The Birth & Foster Parent Partnership is designed to further Casey Family Program’s (CFP’s) 2020 goals focused on the safe reduction of the number of youth in foster care. Its purpose is to increase coordination between birth parents and foster parent caregivers for improved permanency outcomes.

The partnership is managed through a collaboration between the Children’s Trust Fund Alliance (Alliance), Youth Law Center Quality Parenting Initiative (YLC/QPI) and CFP.

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