Last month, CWLA released the 2020 Presidential candidates platform, Making Children a National Priority, highlighting plans that focused on children and their families. Only two candidates, Julian Castro and Senator Kamala Harris, provided recommendations on foster care. Castro’s Children First Plan for Foster Families is comprehensive reform efforts addressing the full continuum of care. Majority of the candidates have plans on child care and early childhood education

Platforms incorporating children’s issues sends a signal that children are a priority in our nation. Issues regarding preventing child abuse and neglect, ending child poverty, investing in the child welfare system, and strengthening families and communities will require more spotlight on the issues by many stakeholders. Stay tuned for our policy platform recommendations on issues impacting children and families.