Connecticut Voices For Children

Our Mission

We provide trusted, quality research, recommendations and advocacy that advance public policy and investments to improve the well-being of Connecticut’s children and families, specifically those that have been historically disadvantaged.

All Connecticut children can reach their full potential when we embrace diverse identities and remove barriers to well-being.

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Family Economic Security

Today, the state’s income and wealth divides are greater than ever, but so much of a child’s well-being is rooted in family economic security. Children cannot thrive unless families do, which is why Connecticut Voices conducts research and analysis as well as works with stakeholders and partners to co-create recommendations and advance advocacy that support housing, criminal justice, and employment as well as the intersectional issues of health, child welfare, and education.

Fiscal & Economics

Budgets are a clear reflection of what and who we value. Connecticut Voices identifies and advocates for investments in children and families as the primary budget priority, but we also conduct research and work with stakeholders and partners to co-create recommendations and advance advocacy that support inclusive growth and a fair tax system within the state.

Emerging Issues

The world and state are changing rapidly and we recognize that to keep up with the pace of these changes, we must be nimble and adapt, and address issues and emergencies when they arise, which is why Connecticut Voices identifies new, timely issues and conducts research and analysis as well as works with stakeholders and partners to co-create recommendations and advance advocacy that are of the most emergent import to the well-being of the state’s children and families.

Connecticut Voices for Children *New Publication* - March 12, 2021

Incarcerated Parents and Termination of Parental Rights in Connecticut

Connecticut Voices for Children released a new report with the Criminal Justice Advocacy Clinic of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization at Yale Law School (CJAC) that examines the collateral consequences of the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) on children with incarcerated parents. The report, “Incarcerated Parents and Termination of Parental Rights in Connecticut: Recommendations for Reform,” examines the unintended impacts of ASFA, a federal law passed in 1997 that shifted the goal of child-protection policy from family preservation to adoption, and outlines 18 recommendations to protect parental rights and promote the welfare of children with incarcerated parents. 

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CT Voices partners with The Narrative Project, a communications consultancy. Press inquiries on this report should be directed to The Narrative Project via email at media@narrative-project.com or telephone at 203-913-5008. Specific inquiries for the Criminal Justice Advocacy Clinic of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization at Yale Law School (CJAC) should be made via email at alden.ferro@yale.edu.

Connecticut Voices for Children *New Publication* - February 22, 2021

Impact of Connecticut’s Minimum Wage Increase on Access to Benefits for Working Families

Connecticut Voices for Children released a new report that analyzes where increases in minimum wage may have unanticipated effects on some families’ receipt of benefits and hinder families with children from gaining economic mobility, despite increases in their income. The report entitled, Impact of Connecticut’s Minimum Wage Increase on Access to Benefits for Working Families” outlines 10 policy solutions to mitigate the impacts of benefits cliffs—when a small wage increase leads to a significant reduction in public benefits. Benefits cliffs inadvertently worsen a family’s economic security, stifle economic growth by keeping individuals from participating in the workforce, and disproportionately impact women and people of color.  

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CT Voices partners with The Narrative Project, a communications consultancy. Press inquiries on this report should be directed to The Narrative Project via email at media@narrative-project.com or telephone at 203-913-5008.

Connecticut Voices for Children *New Publication* - December 8, 2020

Advancing Economic Justice Through Tax Reform

Connecticut Voices for Children released a report entitled, Advancing Economic Justice Through Tax Reform,” which proposes a tax restructure so that the system is fair for all residents. The report provides an overview of economic injustice in Connecticut, Connecticut’s regressive tax system and shows that it is a key contributor to the economic injustice in the state, a substantial multi-year revenue shortfall in Connecticut due to the coronavirus pandemic and recession, and tax reform options to address the three preceding problems.

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CT Voices partners with The Narrative Project, a communications consultancy. Press inquiries on this report should be directed to The Narrative Project via email at media@narrative-project.com or telephone at 203-913-5008.

Connecticut Voices for Children *New Publication* - July 27, 2020

Issue Briefing Book 2020-2022

Connecticut Voices for Children released their 2020-2022 Issue Briefing Book.  Versions of this document have been developed throughout the 25 years of the organization’s history. As the state experiences the convergence of a health crisis, an economic recession due to that crisis, and a contentious and long-overdue conversation on race, the “Book” has been refreshed given Voices’ new, strategic aim toward economic justice and these unprecedented times. The Issue Briefing Book 2020-2022 is designed to be a starting point for shared knowledge around the research and recommendations that are fundamental to family economic security and the undergirding fiscal and economics, with the hope of advancing shared action.

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CT Voices partners with The Narrative Project, a communications consultancy. Press inquiries on this report should be directed to The Narrative Project via email at media@narrative-project.com or telephone at 203-913-5008.

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