On Wednesday, December 13th, 2022, Representatives Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) and Danny Davis (D-IL), Chair of the Worker and Family Support Subcommittee on Ways and Means, introduced the Fostering Secure Family Partnerships Act, a bill to increase federal funding for state Kinship Navigator Programs — which provide caregivers with information, education, and referrals to a wide range of services and supports. The bill would increase the Title IV-E reimbursement for Kinship Navigator Programs that have been accepted into the Prevention Services Clearinghouse.

CWLA has endorsed the bill with a statement from our CEO and President, Christine James-Brown:

“Kinship care is a valuable permanency option for children in out-of-home care. It helps children maintain connections with their families and communities, access information about their family history and background, and preserves their connections to family traditions, history, and culture. Kinship Navigator programs help the growing number of kinship caregivers identify and access appropriate services to meet their own needs to sustain permanency and meet the needs of the children they are raising. The Child Welfare League of America is pleased to endorse the Fostering Secure Family Partnerships Act and we look forward to working with Representative Gomez to reduce funding barriers and ensure adequate support for Kinship Navigator programs.”