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.

Coronavirus and social distancing are putting stress on families and communities, and are tough on parents with child welfare involvement …
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IPAN and members of Parents Advocacy & Rights meet in Edinburgh In late 2018 parent advocates and allies from around …
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Article by David Tobis about parent advocacy which starts: Mothers who have had children placed in residential care or foster …
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Nancy Fortunato, Senior Parent Leader, and Jeanette Vega, Training Director at Rise, submitted written testimony to the NY State Assembly …
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UN Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, has called for an inquiry into …
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Read our latest updates on coronavirus and child protective systems.

Top tips from the Family Rights Group for kinship carers to help children to maintain relationships during the Coronavirus outbreak …
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Rise Magazine is undertaking an on-line survey to find how parents involved in child protective services have been affected by …
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The Guidance from the Department for Education in England defines vulnerable children as those with a social worker. These children …
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The Department for Education has issued guidance on managing isolation in children’s homes and other residential education settings in the …
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A group of more than one dozen family rights activists submitted a letter to the commissioner of the Texas Department …
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