CLM has many friends and partners, with whom we often work to achieve public policy victories. Our coalition work is centered around the concerns of our membership and issues that are in the best interest of the Commonwealth’s children and families. We’re very proud of these relationships and are always interested in joining forces with other, similar organizations to achieve success.

Read below to learn more about these important coalitions:

Internal Coalitions:

External Coalitions:


Internal Coalition Work

Intensive Foster Care Network:

A coalition of providers of Intensive Foster Care services for the most vulnerable children in our foster care system. The group meets monthly to discuss relevant issues, and these meetings give providers an opportunity to collaborate with their colleagues and to mobilize when needed.

Pre-Independent Living Task Force:

This is an association of providers of group home services to transition-age youth who are, or soon will be, aging out of the foster care system. The task force is examining policies that will allow us to better prepare this population for the world that lies ahead of them.

Family Support and Stabilization Task Force:

This group will focus primary around budget advocacy for Family Support and Stabilization services, as well as other services critical to children in the care and custody of the state to stabilize families and reunify them when it is safe to do so.

Federal Policy Task Force:

CLM has begun a monthly call for interested members to discuss policy issues at the federal level. So many decisions that are made federally have wide-reaching impacts on how services are provided on the state level. While CLM generally does not conduct federal advocacy, this group formulates responses to critical child welfare proposals on the national level.

21st Century Leaders

The 21st Century Leaders Task Force is open to new CEO’s and their teams to discuss emerging issues they are having with their agencies, learn more about the unique needs of coming into an agency that was managed the same way for decades, and create their network of Executives.

Transition Age Youth Coalition

Under the management of the Children’s League Education Fund, the Transition Age Youth Coalition has kicked off. The purpose of this coalition is to focus more broadly on the issues facing transition age youth and the Commonwealth’s response to those issues.

The Aging Out Task Force has done tremendous work in the area of youth who are aging out of DCF care under the leadership of the Home for Little Wanderers and other supporting organizations. CLM hopes to build upon this work by beginning to think about transition age youth across the spectrum.

External Coalition Work

The Caring Force:

The mission of The Caring Force is to empower those who care about the human services sector to advance an agenda that creates an environment in Massachusetts that protects our most vulnerable neighbors and creates a stronger economy with the pay, recognition, and respect our workers deserve.

Visit The Caring Force for more information.

Children’s Health Access Coalition:

Created in 1995, the Children’s Health Access Coalition (CHAC) is Health Care for All’s longest-running coalition. CHAC is a group of more than 50 organizations from across the state committed to ensuring that all of Massachusetts’ children get affordable and comprehensive health services.

Coalition members are dedicated to preserving and expanding key children’s health programs such as MassHealth and the Children’s Medical Security Plan (CMSP). CHAC includes community, business, consumer, provider, and advocacy organizations who collaboratively define the Coalition’s agenda.

Visit CHAC for more information.

The Children’s Mental Health Campaign:

CMHC is a coalition of families, advocates, health care providers, educators, and consumers from across Massachusetts dedicated to comprehensive reform of the children’s mental health system.

Visit Children’s Mental Health Campaign for more information.


Healthy Food, Healthy Homes, Healthy Children Coalition:

This is a newly created coalition bringing together advocates from the health, housing, and hunger prevention worlds to work on initiatives around childhood wellbeing.

Massachusetts Kids Count Advisory Council:

This council brings together leaders who advocate to improve life for all children in Massachusetts. In Massachusetts, MassBudget is home to KIDS COUNT, a national and state-by-state effort funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to track and improve the well-being of children across the United States.

Visit MassBudget for more information.

Massachusetts Task Force on Youth Aging Out of Foster Care:

This coalition is comprised of more than 40 representatives of state agencies, child welfare and human service providers, and others and works to help the aging out population through advocacy, research and public education to ensure the success of youth aging out of DCF care.

Its mission is to ensure that “youth aging out of DCF care have lifelong connections with one or more adults, are fully prepared for college, work and life, and are contributing members of their communities.”

Visit The Home for Little Wanderers for more information.

Professional Advisory Committee on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services:

The PAC advocates for high quality, easily accessible mental health services in an easy-to-navigate system and serves as an information-sharing forum for its members to promote coordinated advocacy.

Strengthening Families Coalition:

The SFC advocates for policies that strengthen the ability of families involved with DCF to safely stay together, or to reunify when appropriate, with their children who have been placed in foster or group care.