Bringing Fathers Into Focus for Child & Family Well-Being


As we reimagine public systems and services to work better for families, we have an opportunity to do so in a way that honors the full diversity of family structures,…

Time to Transform Child Welfare into A Child and Family Well-Being System


April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which then turns to May as Foster Care Month. The time to acknowledge deep disparities in our child welfare system is long overdue.…

Scaling Family-Centered Child Abuse Prevention


It’s a common story across the country. A parent living paycheck to paycheck, overloaded by stress, where just one setback can tip the balance. Without the supports that all families…

Culturally Rooted and Responsive Ways to Bridge Gaps in Maternal Mental Health


While the perinatal period can be an exciting time for families, Black mothers are more likely to experience perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) but are less likely to receive…

Ascend Stands in Solidarity With Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities


Dear Friends and Colleagues, Ascend at the Aspen Institute is outraged and deeply saddened by the tragic shooting in Atlanta, GA that took the lives of eight innocent people, including six Asian-American women, last week. Our hearts go out to the families…

Four Outstanding Projects Selected for Ascend Impact Fund


Four outstanding organizations and partnerships have been selected to receive flexible grant funding to accelerate their work moving children and families with low incomes toward educational success, economic security, and…