A Handout Is a Hand Up

by Joanne Goldblum, Founder and Executive Director of the National Diaper Bank Network originally for the Huffington Post   Growing up in poverty increases the chances that an American will continue to live in poverty as an adult. That’s of course bad for the people directly affected and also bad for the economy. Furthermore, it…

Helping More Kids Live in Better Neighborhoods

Honest question: How many of you have fond memories of the neighborhoods you grew up in? Shouldn’t every child have the opportunity to grow up in safe neighborhoods full of tangible opportunities they can see? However, in a piece for the Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity Blog, Barbara Sard from the Center for Budget and Policy…

10 Effective Policies to Lift Parents and Children Out of Poverty

Today, nearly 45 percent of all children live in low-income families, and almost 3/4ths of them are in single-mother households. Earlier this month, Ascend at the Aspen Institute released their new report, “Top Ten for 2Gen,” as a culmination of a 3 year discussion with professional and families about how two-generation strategies can best support…

Join us: Creating an Opportunity Agenda for America

You’re in the fight every day, but on September 30, we invite you to join us and other state, local, and national level human services professionals and advocates to talk poverty and collective impact! Let’s create a vision for opportunity in America that encompasses the work we do. While over 52 million Americans are actively…

The 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book

The 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book is now available! The 25th edition of Casey’s annual report brings attention to the well-being of America’s children and examines how U.S. kids have fared since 1990. While the report notes gains in child health, safety and education since 1990, it also raises concerns about the development of children living in low-income…

Poverty, Ryan, and Reality

When Rep. Paul Ryan (R-MN) first spoke about his latest proposal to reduce poverty in America, many in the human services field were skeptical, but optimistic. It’s certainly time to engage in a national dialogue around creating and strengthening opportunities for families, and this new set of recommendations is an improvement over the draconian budgets…

On the Radio: Reframing Human Services

Every once in a while you find yourself presented with a fun opportunity, and that’s exactly how Irv Katz found himself broadcasted over the radio in New York City last week. He was interviewed by Allison Sesso and Michelle Jackson for the Human Services Council’s “Human Services News & Views” radio show. It gave Irv…

Infographic Thursday: A Snapshot of What Helps Teen Families Grow & Thrive

What are the supports and opportunities we can provide to teen parents in order to allow them to raise healthy children, strengthen their economic well-being, and build strong families? Today’s infographic was created by the Healthy Teen Network and illustrates the diverse and unique needs teen parents have with growing up and building a healthy family. The reason why the…