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How Your Gift Helps

Connecticut Voices for Children staff and board members are passionate about making a difference in the lives of children.  We know you are too.

Direct services are an essential support for children and families with immediate needs.  While Connecticut Voices does not provide these direct services, our research and advocacy work explores the root problems that have resulted in those needs, barriers to needed services, the impact of policy changes on children and families, and ways to improve the effectiveness and availability of services.

Our reports don’t just sit on a shelf.  We turn ideas into action -- generating media coverage, raising awareness, building partnerships, and educating policymakers to make better choices. Your donation to Connecticut Voices makes this work possible.

Learn more about the impact of our work in Sparking Reform: Highlights of Our Work, 2007 to 2012.  These are a few examples of how policy changes that resulted from our research and advocacy work had a positive impact on the well-being of Connecticut’s youth and their families in recent years:

  • Budget and tax.  Despite the worst economic recession in decades, many vital services for children and families were spared damaging cuts.  Recent income tax changes have made Connecticut’s tax system more progressive.
  • Child welfare. Children in the foster care system have a greater chance at success and stability at school as a result of reforms that reduce disruptive shifts in their school placements when these children are shifted between foster families.  More children are cared for in family, rather than institutional settings, because of state policy changes.
  • Early care. More children and their working parents have access to child care, with increased funding for the Care4Kids program. 
  • Education.  More children are staying in school, focused on  learning, as a result of improved discipline strategies that have reduced the number of out-of-school suspensions across the state. 
  • Family economic security.  A new State Earned Income Tax Credit provides a boost for Connecticut’s working families and will help reduce child poverty.
  • Health.  Expansions of eligibility for the state’s HUSKY health insurance program mean more children, parents, and pregnant women get the health care they need.

Your tax deductible gift will help us continue the research and advocacy that has contributed to these outcomes and help ensure that all of Connecticut’s children have the opportunities they deserve.

You can learn more about the impact of our work in Sparking Reform: Highlights of Our Work, 2007 to 2012.

Please join the chorus of our supporters speaking up for kids.