Clare Anderson

Senior Policy Fellow

Clare Anderson is a Senior Policy Fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Her work focuses on using research, policy, and fiscal levers to improve outcomes for vulnerable children, youth, and families, and the systems serving them. Anderson currently works with state child welfare agencies, and their partners, engaged in large-scale systems change efforts to create a strategic direction; implement evidence-based screening, assessment, and interventions; and better integrate the goals of children’s safety, permanency, and well-being.

Prior to joining Chapin Hall, Anderson was the Deputy Commissioner at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACYF). There, she was responsible for federal programs addressing child abuse and neglect, runaway and homeless youth, domestic and intimate partner violence, and teen pregnancy prevention. During her tenure at ACYF, Anderson colead, alongside Commissioner Bryan Samuels, the development and implementation of a well-being policy agenda. She was among the chief architects of the effort to address trauma, adverse childhood experiences, and toxic stress in children known to the child welfare system. Anderson spent a decade at the Center for the Study of Social Policy helping states and urban jurisdictions change policies and practices to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families. This work included foundation-sponsored initiatives such as Family to Family and the Community Partnerships for Protecting Children, as well as federal court ordered oversight and monitoring of child welfare systems. Starting her career as a frontline social worker, Anderson has a deep appreciation of the challenges faced by families and systems working to make lasting changes so that children and families can thrive.

Anderson holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Alabama.

Master of Social Work, University of Alabama