The main role of The Home's Advocacy Department is to educate and engage political leaders and policymakers on key child welfare issues.

We strive to:

      • Educate and engage child welfare professionals, political leaders and other stakeholders around key issues that have an impact on the welfare of children.
      • Influence state policy to have greater emphasis on the positive development of children, their families and communities.
      • Establish The Home as a statewide leader to increase coordination of policy efforts on behalf of the children we serve. 
      • State FY2019 Budget Tracking

The 2019–2020 Legislative Session

The 2010-2020 Legislative Session began on January 2nd, 2019. All bills for the current session were filed on January 18, 2019. The Home partnered with different organizations and coalitions including the Children’s League of Massachusetts, Citizens for Juvenile Justice, Lift our Kids MA Campaign, the Providers’ Council and others to file legislation for this session.

For an review of what we achieved in the last session, click here:
Legislative Recap (October 2018)

For a detailed overview of the pieces of legislation we are supporting in the current session, click here:

2019-2020 Legislative Priorities (April 2019)


Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Tracking

Each year, The Home tracks the State Budgeting process and its impact on services for vulnerable children and families. Please view our historical budget tracking sheet here:

FY2020 Budget Tracking Sheet (July 2019)



Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center Reports

FY2018 State Budget

The Home for Little Wanderers has teamed up with Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (MBPC) to examine the impact of state policies on low and moderate-income children and families in the Commonwealth.

Click here for more information or to download the reports.