- January 2014
- Vol. 15, No. 1
Birth Parent National Network
The National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds, with its long-term commitment to parent partnerships and its well-established national network of State children's trust and prevention funds, has joined with Casey Family Programs and other key partners to establish the Birth Parent National Network (BPNN). The ultimate policy goal of the BPNN is to improve outcomes for children and families at-risk of child welfare involvement, or who are currently involved with the child welfare system.
The BPNN is working to educate policymakers and other stakeholders about the need for an alignment of child welfare goals, including the safe reduction in the number of children in foster care by 50 percent by 2020 and the funding of child welfare services. The BPNN invites organizations and birth parents to join as partners to promote and support the voices of parents in child welfare systems reform. The BPNN is for:
- Have prior or current involvement in child welfare services or who previously were or currently are at-risk of involvement with the child welfare system
- Align with the Casey Family Programs' 2020 goal of safely reducing the number of children in foster care
- Are willing to partner in policy work and share their story with policymakers and other stakeholders
- Are committed to a strength-based, collaborative, preventative approach in child welfare systems
Organizations that are:
- Committed to identifying and supporting parents as strategic partners in policy work and system reform
- Committed to assist in preparation, debriefing, travel coordination, and other supports for parents to partner in BPNN activities
- Committed to share materials and resources with their peers and colleagues nationally
To join the BPNN, contact the National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about the Children's Trust and Prevention Funds on its website: