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 engages state child welfare agencies, communities, stakeholders, and constituents in large-scale system change efforts. Her current efforts include guiding states in their planning, readiness, and implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act in order to increase family access to evidence-based services and reduce entry into foster care. Additionally, Anderson is a national thought leader on the development of a family and child well-being system that prioritizes family support and leverages cross-sector partnerships.

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 provided leadership 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 co-led, alongside then-Commissioner Bryan Samuels, the development and implementation of a national 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. Anderson started her career as a frontline social worker.

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

Master of Social Work, University of Alabama