The Parent Advocate Initiative (PAI), administered by the Fund for
Social Change, is a collaboration of six foundations, the New York
City Administration for Children’s Services, the New York
State Office of Children and Family Services, the Council of Family
and Child Caring Agencies, and the Child Welfare Organizing Project.
We are promoting the hiring of Parent Advocates by foster care agencies.
Parent Advocates in the child welfare system are parents who have
had their children removed to foster care and have successfully
reunified with them, and who subsequently choose to be trained and
to work within the child welfare system. They humanize the child
welfare system by giving voice to parents’ experiences and
incorporating their own experiences into practice.
To view the updated
PAI Request for Proposals,
To view the PAI Workplan and Monitoring
Matrix, please click
1. to listen to the Introduction and Keynote Address by David
Tobis, Executive Director of the Child
Welfare Fund, to the Gathering of Grassroots
Family Advocacy Organizations Conference on September 19, 2008
Our Poverty, Not Our Children” -- A Summary of the Gathering
of Grassroots Family Advocacy Organizations Conference
National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, November 2008