Recommendation & Calls to Action

FAMILY FIRST PREVENTION ACT

Build upon the promise of Family First through additional service categories and significant investment in primary prevention services that enable families to avoid child welfare involvement.​

CHILD WELFARE PROFESSIONALS

Funding to hire, train, and adequately compensate child welfare professionals to ensure they are able to effectively serve children and families’ needs.​

 

Support for families struggling with substance use disorder is crucial

LIVED EXPERIENCE

Lift up the importance of children and families with lived experience having meaningful opportunities to participate in decision making about policies and programs

BE PART OF THE SOLUTION

Support our efforts in developing creative approaches to skill building and training.

 

Provide internship opportunities aimed at preparing foster youth for the 21st century workplace.    

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

Require Health and Human Services (HHS) to take a leadership role in assisting state child protective services agencies to improve reporting and investigating.

CONGREGATE CARE

Eliminate the use of non-therapeutic congregate care as a foster care placement setting. Children fare best in families, and every child and young person deserves to be with family.

TECHNOLOGY

Embrace a culture of innovation that utilizes technology that can spur positive results for families and enhance agencies’ performance.

BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

Draw on and utilize research on child development and neuroscience to better understand, prevent, and treat trauma. Recognize that parents’ own trauma histories impact their parenting styles and capacities and use trauma-informed strategies to meet the needs of children and families