SPAN Parent Advocacy Network

The SPAN Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) is a social justice, non-profit organization located in Newark, NJ, with international, national, state, and local reach. Our vision is that all families will have the resources and support they need to ensure that their children become fully participating and contributing members of our communities and society. Our mission is to empower and support families and inform and involve professionals to enhance children and youth's healthy development and education. Our foremost commitment is to children and families with the greatest need due to disability or special health/mental health needs; poverty; discrimination based on race/ethnicity, language, immigrant or homeless status, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation; involvement in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems; geographic location; or other special circumstances. Our motto/tagline is, "Empowered Parents: Educated, Engaged, Effective!"

SPAN provides assistance, training, support, and leadership development for families, youth, and professionals on child- and family-serving systems and supports family organizations around the US to enhance their capacity to serve children/families, partner, and maintain effective non-profits. SPAN is funded through government grants, foundations, corporations, and private contributions. We are a deliberately inclusive organization, and our state, regional, and national work is conducted through an equity and social justice lens. Learn more at