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 2017–2018 Legislative Session

The 2017–2018 Legislative Session began on January 4, 2017. Bills for the most current session are to be filed on January 20, 2017. The Home is currently working with several coalitions including Children’s League of Massachusetts, Citizens for Juvenile Justice, Lift the Cap on Kids Campaign, and others to file legislation for this session.

Legislative Recap (October 2018)

Fiscal Year 2019 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:

FY2019 Budget Tracking Sheet (June 2018)

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.

For more information about The Home's advocacy efforts:


Samantha Hall Linnehan
Communications and Advocacy Director