Meet Our Members

VOICES for Alabama’s Children

Rhonda Mann, Interim Executive Director

[email protected] / 334-213-2410

In the 2022 Alabama Legislative Session, VOICES was instrumental in accomplishing a historical $17.8 million investment in QRIS, $22M additional funding to expand access to First Class Pre-K for four-year-olds, and advocated for and ultimately passed bills that expand school-based mental health services.

Children’s Action Alliance (AZ)

David Lujan, President and CEO

[email protected] / 602-266-0707

Children’s Action Alliance’s annual Through the Eyes of a Child luncheon features a silent auction of donated student artwork and youth entertainment like a high school marching band.

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families celebrates its 45th anniversary in 2022; one of its founders was Hillary Clinton.

Children Now (CA)

Ted Lempert, President

[email protected] / 510-763-2444

Children Now is a California-based research, policy development, and advocacy organization dedicated to improving children’s health, education, and overall well-being. Children Now is employing a game-changing, scalable model to improve children’s advocacy and ensure that all kids, prenatal to age 26, have the supports they need to reach their full potential.

Children’s Advocacy Institute (CA)

Robert Fellmeth, Executive Director

[email protected] / 619-260-4806

The Children’s Advocacy Institute (CAI) is one of the only child advocacy organizations that combines research and policy advocacy before all three branches of government with an academic component. Based at the University of San Diego School of Law, CAI has trained over 800 law students to be effective child advocates for over 30 years.

The Children’s Partnership (CA)

Mayra Alvarez, President

[email protected] / 310-260-1220

The Children’s Partnership’s 1996 award winning publication, The Parent’s Guide to the Information Superhighway: Rules & Tools For Families and accompanying website had such impact and reach that they now sit in the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives Center at the National Museum of American History.

Colorado Children’s Campaign

Kelly Causey, President and CEO

[email protected] / 303-620-4529

The Children’s Campaign celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2020 – 35 Years Bold!

CAHS focuses on both policy and program development to move kids and families out of poverty, and our policy agenda is strongly informed by our program work and our more than 100 program partners.

Connecticut Voices for Children

Emily Byrne, Executive Director

[email protected] / 203-498-4240

Connecticut Voices for Children believes that children do best when they live in healthy families and thriving communities. We have led statewide campaigns across a broad range of issues, helping to found broad coalitions that include the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance, the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance, and Better Choices for CT. All these alliances remain in existence, with ongoing growth in membership and state policy influence.

KIDS COUNT in Delaware

Janice Barlow, Director

[email protected] 302-831-6780

Devoted to improving the well-being on our state’s children, youth and their families, KIDS COUNT in Delaware has been using highly credible research, data collection and education to inform change on behalf of children for over 25 years. KIDS COUNT in Delaware is a collaborative effort of over forty organizations that is housed within the Center for Community Research & Service at the University of Delaware.

DC Action

Kimberly Perry, Executive Director

[email protected] / 202-234-9404

DC Action helped to pass the landmark Birth to Three for All DC Act which is a legislative blueprint for guaranteeing every family in DC spends no more than 10 percent of their income on high-quality, developmentally-stimulating early childhood education. The Birth-to-Three for All DC Act expands access to critical educational, social, and health services for families with young children.

American Children’s Campaign (FL)

Roy Miller, President and Founder

[email protected] / 850-425-2600

Voices for Georgia’s Children

Melissa Haberlen DeWolf, Director of Research and Policy

[email protected] / 404-521-0311

Hawaii Children’s Action Network

Deborah Zysman, Executive Director

[email protected] / 808-531-5502

Hawaii Children’s Action Network’s Senior Community Engagement Specialist often calls community meetings to order by singing children’s songs.

Idaho Voices for Children

Christine Tiddens, Director

[email protected] / 208-947-4257

Idaho Voices for Children celebrated its fifteenth year of existence in 2020.

Marion County Commission on Youth (IN)

John Brandon, President and Executive Director

[email protected] / 317-921-1266

MCCOY has published and distributed the Youth Activity Directory (YAD) – a comprehensive listing of programs that serve youth in central Indiana – for 19 years. In 2015, the YAD was made into a free online app.

Common Good Iowa

Anne Discher, Executive Director

[email protected] / 515-280-9027

Common Good Iowa celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2019 and recently celebrated its 25th year as Iowa’s Kids Count organization.

Kansas Action for Children

John Wilson, President

[email protected] / 785-232-0550

Kansas Action for Children was formed in 1979 by the three Junior Leagues of Kansas and the Kansas Children’s Service League.

Kentucky Youth Advocates

Terry Brooks, Executive Director

[email protected] / 502-895-8167

Kentucky Youth Advocates is the independent voice for Kentucky kids. We advocate for policies that give all children the best possible opportunities for a brighter future.

Agenda for Children (LA)

Jennifer Roberts, Chief Executive Officer

[email protected] / 504-586-8509

Agenda for Children’s former CEO, Dr. Anthony Recasner, co-founded the first charter school in New Orleans.

Maine Children’s Alliance

Stephanie Eglinton, Executive Director

[email protected] / 207-623-1868

The Maine Children’s Alliance is a public policy, nonprofit improving the lives of Maine children, youth and families through research, collaboration and advocacy. For over 25 years, MCA has promoted sound policies and best practices to make sure all Maine children have the resources and opportunity to reach their full potential from birth to adulthood.

Michigan’s Children

Matt Gillard, President and CEO

[email protected] / 517-485-3500

Michigan’s Children connects lawmakers directly to young people through their Kidspeak events that simulate legislative hearings and allow youth to set the agenda.

Voices for Children Advocacy Center

Claudnyse (Nyse) D. Holloman, President and CEO

[email protected] / 810-238-3333

Voices for Children serving Genesee and Shiawassee counties, with locations in Flint and Owasso, Michigan, is a Child Advocacy Center serving as a voice and advocate for all children throughout the communities we serve. Voices for Children serves (1) child survivors of abuse and neglect and their families (including human trafficking), (2) with safety and prevention education, and (3) advocacy for the well-being of the whole child and for every child. Voices for Children is shining a light so all children are empowered, and all families are thriving.

Voices for Children in Nebraska

Juliet Summers, Executive Director

[email protected] / 402-597-3100

Voices for Children in Nebraska was founded in 1987 by Kathy Bigsby Moore, a former foster care parent whose own experiences working with the state moved her to improve the systems that are serving the children of Nebraska.

Children’s Advocacy Alliance (NV)

Dr. Tiffany Tyler-Garner, Executive Director

[email protected] / 702-228-1869

Advocates for Children of New Jersey

Cecilia Zalkind, President/CEO

[email protected] / 973-643-3876

Advocates for Children of New Jersey’s roots grew out of some of the earliest efforts in New Jersey to protect abused and abandoned children. It is in part the successor organization to the Newark Orphan Asylum, which was established in 1847.

CCC was founded in 1944 by a group of New Yorkers, including Eleanor Roosevelt, who believed that every one had a role to play in making New York City a better place for children. CCC’s advocacy combines public policy research and data analysis with citizen action. We cast light on the issues, educate the public, engage allies, and identify and advocate for practical solutions to ensure that every New York City child is healthy, housed, educated and safe. At the heart of CCC’s fact-based advocacy is Keeping Track of New York City’s Children, the most comprehensive compilation of data on children at the municipal level.

Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (NY)

Kate Breslin, President and CEO

[email protected] / 518-463-1896

The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, New York State’s policy voice, was founded by Louisa Lee Schuyler, great-granddaughter of Alexander Hamilton.

The Children’s Agenda (Rochester, NY)

Larry Marx, Chief Executive Officer

[email protected] / 585-256-2620

The Children’s Agenda has more than 5,500 people in its Action Network. These individuals and organizations send messages to legislators at the city, county, state and federal levels to advocate for policies that support the well-being of children, especially those who are vulnerable due to poverty, racism, health inequities and trauma.

Westchester Children’s Association (NY)

Allison Lake, Executive Director

[email protected] / 914-946-7676

Westchester Children’s Association believes every child should be healthy, safe and prepared for life’s challenges. Since 1914, our mission has been to improve the lives of Westchester’s young people by shaping policies and programs to meet their needs, and by keeping their well-being at the top of the public agenda.

NC Child

Michelle Hughes, Executive Director

[email protected] / 919-834-6623

NC Child advances public policies to ensure that every child in North Carolina has the opportunity to thrive – whatever their race, ethnicity, or place of birth.

Ohio Children’s Alliance

Mark M. Mecum, Chief Executive Officer

[email protected] / 614-461-0014

Ohio’s oldest statewide child advocacy organization. Focused on empowering kids, strengthening families, and building a brighter future for Ohio.

Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy

Joe Dorman, Chief Executive Officer

[email protected] / 405-236-KIDS (5437)

Our Mission: “Creating awareness, taking action, and supporting policy to improve the health, safety, and well-being of Oklahoma’s children.”

Our Children Oregon

Jenifer Wagley, Executive Director

[email protected] / 503-236-9754

Our Children Oregon is advancing equitable policymaking and whole-child advocacy statewide to ensure our children and youth have what they need, regardless of their race, their ability, or where they live, to thrive by activating meaningful change for children and families.

Children First (PA)

Donna Cooper, Executive Director

[email protected] / 215-563-5848

Nearly 2.8 million children call Pennsylvania home, and Children First is working to make sure every one of those kids has the opportunity to thrive and learn in a healthy, supportive environment.

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children

Kari King, President and CEO

[email protected] / 717-236-5680

Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children is a strong, effective, and trusted voice to improve the health, education, and well-being of children and youth in the commonwealth. Throughout our nearly 30-year history, our public policy victories have helped countless children learn, thrive, and succeed.

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT

Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director

[email protected] / 401-351-9400

Policy victories spearheaded by Rhode Island KIDS COUNT include the design and launch of the state’s high quality pre-k program and the creation of Rite Smiles – a Medicaid managed care program for dental care that has dramatically increased the percentage of Medicaid covered children with access to regular preventative oral health care.

Children’s Trust of South Carolina

Sue Williams, Chief Executive Officer

[email protected] / 803-733-5430

Children’s Trust leads South Carolina’s coordinated efforts for the Strengthening Families Program; Triple P (Positive Parenting Program); S.C. Adverse Childhood Experiences Initiative; Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting; Child Abuse Prevention Month; and KIDS COUNT. It is also the state representative for Children’s Trust Fund Alliance and Prevent Child Abuse America.

The Black Children’s Institute of Tennessee

Jaunita Veasy, Executive Director

[email protected] / 615-366-5530

The Black Children’s Institute of Tennessee, created in 1989, is the first and only statewide African American Child Advocacy Organization in the United States.

Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth

Richard Kennedy, Executive Director

[email protected] / 615-741-2633

The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth has nine regional councils on children and youth across the state with over 3,000 members.

CHILDREN AT RISK (TX)

Bob Sanborn, President and CEO

[email protected] / 713-869-7740

In 1989, several child advocates developed a 60-page research book entitled Children At Risk with a March of Dimes Grant, which highlighted the need for a strong advocate for Houston’s Children. The advocates then formed CHILDREN AT RISK.

Texans Care for Children

Stephanie Rubin, CEO

[email protected] / 512-473-2274

Texans Care for Children has been driving policy change to improve the lives of Texas children for over 30 years.

Voices for Utah Children

Moe Hickey, Executive Director

[email protected] / 801-364-1182

Voices for Utah Children celebrated 35 years of speaking out on behalf of Utah Children in 2020.

Voices for Vermont’s Children

Michelle Fay, Executive Director

[email protected] / 802-229-6377

For almost 40 years, Voices for Vermont’s Children has driven the adoption of public policy centering equity, justice, and the lived experience of Vermont Children and youth. This year we showed what’s possible when you pull together a diverse coalition aligned around a common goal with the passage of the Office of Child, Youth and Family Advocate bill, ensuring independent oversight of Vermont’s child protection system.

Voices for Virginia’s Children

Juan Pablo Berrizbeitia, Interim CEO

[email protected] / 804-649-0184

Voices for Virginia’s Children was founded in 1994, and many of those who helped organize it and were on its first Board of Directors are still involved in its work today.

Children’s Alliance (WA)

Stephan Blanford, Executive Director

[email protected] / 1-800-854-KIDS

At the annual Washington Children’s Alliance “Have a Heart for Kids” Day, policymakers and staff come to the windows when they hear the high school drumline at the front of Children’s Alliance’s kid-led march around the Washington state capitol.

West Virginia KIDS COUNT Fund

Tricia Kingery, Executive Director

[email protected] / 304-345-2101

In 1990, West Virginia KIDS COUNT was born out of a Task Force formed by former Governor Gaston Caperton to address the needs of West Virginia children and families.

Kids Forward (WI)

Michele Mackey, CEO/ED

[email protected] / 608-284-0580

Kids Forward, formerly the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, began operations before the United States adopted the use of time zones in 1883.

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