This dedicated special edition is a call to action across public, private, philanthropic, and faith-based sectors to chart a different course to strengthen families through primary prevention and create a more just and equitable system focused on child and family well-being. It is a consensus statement that stresses how we must all value and invest in families and communities. The contributors of this edition (Youth Villages, Alia, the Birth Parent National Network, the Children’s Trust Fund Alliance, the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, The Children’s Village, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Bethany Christian Services, Lutheran Services in America, the Center for the Study of Social Policy, the American Public Human Services Association, the Association of State Territorial Health Officials, the National Center for State Courts, the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, the Jewish Child Care Association, Prevent Child Abuse America, the National Association of Counsel for Children, FosterClub, the National American Indian Court Judges Association, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, the National Indian Child Welfare Association, and other leaders in the field) join their voices in saying the time for change is now. Together, we can create a system that supports the conditions for strong and thriving families and communities where children reach their best potential. Read a message from Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of the Children's Bureau, and David Kelly, special assistant to the Associate Commissioner, that challenges systems that care for families to embark on a mission to focus resources on child and family well-being that will enable families of all backgrounds, incomes, races, and creeds to achieve their full potential.
We highlight recent resources from the Children's Bureau and its affiliates that focus on how child welfare is adapting to and emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic and current movement for racial justice.