About Us

The Child Advisory Network was created in March, 2017, by Network Co-Directors, Dr. Emily Bosk and Dr. Michael MacKenzie, in reaction to the dangerous disconnect between the current state of knowledge about child welfare and well-being and emerging immigration policy discussions effecting children.

The mission of the Network is to support the dissemination of best practices in the protection, welfare and well-being of immigrant children in contact with Homeland Security through research, public awareness and advocacy, and participation in public discussions for immigration policies that do not harm children.

The Child Advisory Network operates with the support of the Child Welfare and Well-Being Research Unit at Rutgers University School of Social Work. Its growing membership include a diverse group of leading educators, community leaders, social workers, physicians, psychologists, lawyers, economists, child development specialists, and public health practitioners from across the United States.