Just Released: Alliance Facilitation Process Fuels Transformative Success

The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities recently released a white paper that documents its role as lead facilitator in a Michigan initiative to assess the feasibility of, and develop a phased implementation timeline for, a performance-based funding model for the child welfare system. … more

New name conveys vision; new headquarters helps achieve greater policy influence

National Network of Human-Serving Organizations Adopts New Name and Headquarters

The Alliance for Children and Families, a national nonprofit organization with a member network of nearly 500 nonprofit, human-serving organizations announced today that effective immediately it has changed its name to the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. In addition, it has designated its long-established Public Policy Office in Washington, D.C. as its headquarters, and has made its former headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, its national operations center. … more

Alliance and Two Foundations to Study Integrating Neurosciences into Transformative Policy and Practice

The Alliance will partner with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Norlien Foundation on a three-year project to identify best practices for transforming organizational services as well as the policies that serve as barriers to using brain science effectively on the front lines of social services to advance positive impact for children, adults, and families.

Multiple scientific studies point to the fact that exposure to toxic stress such as violence, abuse, or extreme poverty in the home, can affect children’s brain development, resulting in serious aftereffects that impact their physical health into adulthood. The new project of the Alliance, RWJF, and Norlien strives to determine how to best utilize these findings to inform practices and policies. … more

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