The CHAMPS campaign offers federal policymakers the following recommendations to drive better outcomes for children and youth. See here for a PDF of the campaign’s federal policy recommendations.
These recommendations align with the six policy goals featured in the CHAMPS playbook. They also draw on what’s known from:
- lessons and insights from state and national partners
- child development research
- examples of promising approaches in the field
- thorough review of state foster parent recruitment and retention policies,
- analysis of disparate outcomes for children in foster care based on race and ethnicity, and
- insights and experience of foster families, young people with lived experience in foster care and issue experts.
Increase the stability and quality of family-based care for all children in foster care and create a new norm of support for kin and non-kin foster families by requiring child welfare agencies to make a core set of supportive services available to all families caring for children in foster care.
Accelerate the goal of eliminating the inappropriate use of congregate care for children and youth through a targeted grant program to spur innovation in (1) preventing congregate care placements and (2) shifting youth from congregate care placements to well-supported family-based care.
Spur lasting improvements to foster parent recruitment, support and retention by revamping outdated federal policy on “Diligent Recruitment Plans.” Doing so will mobilize agencies to create and implement effective, data-driven approaches to engaging and partnering with kin and non-kin foster families and result in better outcomes for children and youth.
Have the Department of Health and Human Services produce an annual, national census to highlight data and trends on family-based care and congregate care to keep policymakers and the public informed about the capacity of the nation’s foster care safety net.