International Parent Advocacy Network

IPAN aims to increase the power of parents impacted by child protective systems. We support parents and organizations that mobilize against excessive surveillance and family separation through state care and adoption. IPAN works to empower parents around the world, so that their voices are heard and their rights protected.

Toolkit for Transformation

This online resource was created for parent advocates
and their allies  wishing to start a parent-led movement for change. The toolkit provides an accessible resource for parent advocates and their allies to learn from the experiences of other parent advocates and programs, and access resources that other organizations and advocates have created.

International Review of Parent Advocacy in Child Welfare

This new report published by IPAN and the Better Care Network includes the first international survey of parent advocacy programs. It outlines opportunities and challenges; lessons learnt across different settings and contexts, and evidence of the benefits of parent advocacy as a key element in child welfare system transformation.

Latest parent advocacy news

Read the latest news about developments in parent advocacy and child protection systems from around the world.

Welcome to the Toolkit for Transformation Webinar Building an international parent-led movement fighting for families affected by child welfare In …
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It should be a basic rule of journalism – if someone points with alarm to a huge change in the …
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Columbia Law SchoolColumbia Journal of Race and LawMarch 25-27, 2021 Twenty years ago, in Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare, law …
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Introduction to the Parent Advocacy Toolkit by IPAN Tickets, Thu, Feb 18, 2021 at 5:00 PM | Eventbrite The parent …
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                                              My name is Tammy Mayes. I am a mum of 4, admittedly most of my children are now adults, …
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Read our latest updates on coronavirus and child protective systems.

It should be a basic rule of journalism – if someone points with alarm to a huge change in the …
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The most up-to-date guidance from the UK government on what to expect from child welfare services. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-childrens-social-care-services/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-authorities-on-childrens-social-care …
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Read the full report on how ‘Administration is weaponizing its public health response to COVID19 to punish and deter people …
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Mary Baginsky & Jill Manthorpe – Child Abuse & Neglect 16 Sep 2020 Abstract Background As a response to COVID-19 …
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Remote court hearings putting vulnerable women in traumatic situations ‘which place them at unjust disadvantage’ This article in the Independent …
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