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Child Advocacy Papers

Child advocacy papers report the conditions of Louisiana’s children and make it clear to all that Louisiana is not meeting their needs. The deficits Louisiana’s Children face are well-documented. Yet, initiatives designed to effect positive change for children struggle to gain traction.

This discrepancy between what we know about the well-being of Louisiana’s Children and what we have done about it is a common source of exasperation among child advocates in Louisiana. Louisiana is not alone in the struggle to care well for children, but unfortunately, our state has a long history of struggling harder than most.

Daily news reports describe the difficulties Louisiana’s children endure. Advocacy organizations and state agencies also document these struggles in their reports.

Lessons Learned

For the Welfare of Children: Lessons Learned from Child Advocacy Litigation, by the Center for the Study of Social Policy – January 2012

Nonprofit Child Advocacy Papers

STORM WARNING – Louisiana Needs More Foster Homes for Children: An Advocacy Paper, by Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services, Inc. – May 2023

The State of America’s Babies: 2022 Yearbook, part of ZERO TO THREE’s Think Babies™. April 2022. Note: Louisiana is ranked relative to all other states as just “Getting Started.” (pg 23)

Louisiana Requires an Office of Children’s Ombuds, by Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services. Updated 11/21/2022.

Tragedy for Children and Youth in State Care: It’s Not Just DCFS, by Jamie Tairov, Senior Policy Associate, Center for Opportunity Policy, Pelican Institute for Public Policy. 11/16/2022.

Learning Interrupted: The Educational Crisis in Louisiana’s Juvenile Secure Care Facilities, by Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights. September 2022.

A Roadmap to Improve Child Well-Being in Louisiana – 2020 Edition, by Agenda for Children.

Louisiana Platform for Children Report, by Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families.

A Review of Child Welfare, The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services – January 5, 2016, conducted by The Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group, and supported by Casey Family Programs.

State Agency Reports and Papers

Louisiana Maternal Mortality Review Report 2011-2016 – Louisiana Department of Health.

Louisiana Pregnancy-Associated Mortality Review: Maternal Mortality in Louisiana 2020 Report – Louisiana Department of Health.

2020 Early Childhood Risk and Reach Report, by Partners for Family Health, a project of the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health.

Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice’s Strategic Plan for 2017/18 to 2021/22, by Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Youth Services, Office of Juvenile Justice (“OJJ”).

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