2019 Aspen Forum on Children and Families


As state and federal lawmakers prepare for the year ahead, there is tremendous momentum for bold ideas that move families toward opportunity. The second Aspen Forum on Children and Families, held on February 26-27, will bring together national leaders – policymakers, practitioners, researchers, and philanthropists – to surface big ideas for investing in the full potential of…

Dreams Don’t Work Unless We Do


Ascend at the Aspen Institute and GOOD+ Foundation convened fathers, researchers, thought leaders, policymakers, and social service program leaders to explore the father factor – a critical link in building strong families and communities – at the end of November 2018. Reverend Dr. Raphael Gamaliel Warnock, Ascend Fellow and senior pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church…

Unpacking the Father Factor, a Critical Link in Building Strong Communities


Visionary leaders understand that many of our public systems and services were not designed for 21st century families. So, program and public leaders across the country are redefining how they work with families. On Thursday, November 29, Ascend at the Aspen Institute and GOOD+ Foundation convened fathers, researchers, thought leaders, policymakers, and social service program leaders…

Providing Care and Custody With Dignity and Respect Within Colorado Division of Youth Services


In December of each year, at the main administration building for the Colorado Department of Human Services, a Christmas tree is placed in the entryway. The tree is decorated with ornaments listing the age, gender, and gift preference for a child in need. CDHS employees pick an ornament from the tree and purchase a gift…

WEBINAR: Achieving Postsecondary Success for Parents: A New Partnership and Report Recommendations


Parents know what researchers have documented: Education, especially postsecondary education, is the most promising path for families toward this economic stability because it can lead to jobs and careers with living wages to support their families and make their children’s lives better. After announcing a new partnership with Omidyar Network and two reports that lift…