CHAMPS is a national campaign to ensure bright futures for kids in foster care by promoting the highest quality parenting. CHAMPS is stronger when more individuals and organizations join in the effort to ensure children and youth receive the parenting that is key to helping them heal, grow and thrive.There are compelling reasons to get involved:
- Children do best in and need families. Foster parents are key to helping children heal, grow and thrive.
- Currently, many good foster parents quit due to antiquated policies. This is costly and bad for kids.
- We know what works to support quality foster parenting; many policy approaches are no- or low-cost solutions. Most importantly, by taking action
- We can make a difference for kids. By acting now to improve foster parenting policies, more children will be safe and healthy, experience greater academic success, stay connected to their siblings, have more stable lives, and leave foster care for a permanent family through safe reunification with their birth families, placements with relatives or through adoption.
We invite you to get involved in CHAMPS and be part of building bright futures for kids in foster care. Share THIS HANDOUT with your network. And see other ideas on this “Get Involved” section for ways you can take action, such as by signing the pledge. Like Us on Facebook.
Become a CHAMP
Sign the CHAMPS pledge to show your support for creating bright futures for children in foster care. Children do best in families and quality foster parenting is critical to helping children heal, grow and thrive. The CHAMPS pledge is an easy way you can get involved. Individuals and organizations that sign the pledge will be listed as ‘supporters’ on the CHAMPS website. In addition to signing the pledge, consider becoming a pledge captain and helping us to encourage others to sign on. Contact us at info@fosteringchamps. We hope you take the CHAMPS pledge!
Spread the Word
There’s increasing urgency in communities across the country for solutions that support quality foster parenting. Help us spread the word about how CHAMPS can help. Visit this section for flyers, postcards, sample tweets and images for sharing on social media. You’ll also find ready-to-use tools, such as a PowerPoint slide deck, that you can use to talk about CHAMPS with your networks. We provide sample language describing CHAMPS that you can use in your newsletter. This one-page “Get Involved” handout is great to share at conferences and coalition meetings.
Advocate for Children and Families
One way to support CHAMPS in its efforts to spur state policy change is to contact your state and local policy makers to draw their attention to the CHAMPS policy playbook, which features research-based approaches to promote quality foster parenting so that children in foster care have every opportunity to thrive. You can use this sample letter to communicate with your policy makers. Or be in touch with us directly to explore options for hosting a town hall meeting in your community. You can reach us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Share Your Point of View
CHAMPS invites interested individuals and organizations to share their perspectives on foster parenting through the CHAMPS Point of View project.Your voices will help CHAMPS raise national attention about the importance of quality foster parenting in the lives of children and youth. If you’re interested in contributing a video, please review the video project’s guidance here and submit videos to email@example.com. We also invite guest bloggers. Visit the CHAMPS blog here. Please reach us directly with questions by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
Use the CHAMPS Policy Playbook in your advocacy
The Playbook is grounded in evidence and provides policy examples that, when implemented, will pave the way for transformational change for children, families and child welfare systems. Issue experts, including parents and youth with personal experience in foster care, helped develop the Playbook’s recommendations. See here for the Playbook.
Watch — and share — these inspiring videos from great foster parents and from young people who’ve experienced foster care as they talk about the importance of quality foster parenting. In addition, please contact us if you’re interested in creating a video to share here. In addition to stories from foster parents, we’d love to hear from employers, community- and faith-based organizations, teachers, health professionals and others about policies and practices in your community that are helping support quality foster parenting. You can contact us at email@example.com to get more information about how to submit a video.
What People are Saying
Foster parents can be absolute game-changers in children’s lives. Amazing foster parents are out there, and if we can help share their challenges and triumphs and convince people to join them we can really do something special here.
Foster parents that are supported, resourced, and respected as a vital team member have a much better chance of being GREAT foster parents… and every child in foster care deserves a great foster parent.
Children in foster care deserve the best parents possible! We’re excited to be working to achieve a system where the public agency partners with foster parents to ensure children have caring, trained, supported foster parents if they have to enter foster care.
See Who's Involved
CHAMPS is pleased to be joined by a number of outstanding national and state campaign partners. See who has joined us!
See the Latest
CHAMPS is an exciting new policy campaign with dozens of partner organizations working together to highlight the vital importance of foster parents to the health and well-being of children in foster care. Check out what’s going on nationally and in the states.