The Family First Act: An unprecedented opportunity to transform child welfare

Kids should grow up in safe, stable and secure families who support their long-term well-being. Research makes clear — growing up in a family is essential for all kids, especially those who have experienced abuse or neglect. Family First is an opportunity moment that offers exciting possibilities for us to be responsive to the specific needs of children, teens and families. 

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Family First Resource Database

This database has been compiled by partner organizations and contains links to resources relating to the Family First Act. Search by resource type, topic, geographic location, or source. Note that you may view two ways: summary and list.  Have a Family First resource that you think would be useful? Share it here >

Title IV-E funding for legal representation and Title IV-E funding for Family First Prevention Services.

Title IV-E funds available to reimburse jurisdictions for attorneys for parents and children are separate and distinct from IV-E funds available for prevention services under Family First. There has been... (Read more)

Published Nov 13, 2019

Leveraging the Family First Prevention Services Act to Improve Use of Title IV-E GAP

This brief highlights provisions in the Family First Act related to kinship families and federal Title IV-E GAP. It suggests how states and eligible tribes can build on these provisions... (Read more)

Published Nov 13, 2019

Screenshot of Press Release for DC Family First Act Prevention Plan Approved

Children’s Bureau Approves DC Child and Family Services Agency’s Federal Family First Prevention Plan

On October 30th, Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau, joined Brenda Donald, Director of the District of Columbia (DC) Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) to announce the... (Read more)

Published Oct 30, 2019

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Applying the Research and Evaluation Provisions of the Family First Prevention Services Act

The federal Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 (Family First Act) has changed the landscape of federal child welfare funding in significant ways to support children to remain safely... (Read more)

Published Oct 25, 2019

Birth Parent National Network Webinar – Update on Family First Prevention Services Act (October 2019)

Informative webinar providing updates on the Family First Prevention Services Act and panel discussion with 2 parents that are actively involved in their state to be part of the implementation... (Read more)

Published Oct 25, 2019

Love as Destiny: A Former Foster Youth's Journey in Motherhood

Katarina Sayally, Member of the National Foster Care Youth & Alumni Policy Council, shares her journey to motherhood - comparing her childhood in foster care to what she wants -... (Read more)

Published Oct 25, 2019

Webinar Recording:Historic Opportunity to Reform the Child Welfare System: Youth & Alumni Priorities on Preventing Unnecessary Removal of Children from their Families

On October 22nd, the National Foster Care Youth & Alumni Policy Council held a webinar on their recently released priority ": A Historic Opportunity to Reform the Child Welfare System:... (Read more)

Published Oct 22, 2019

Title Resource Type Topic Location Source Published
Title IV-E funding for legal representation and Title IV-E funding for Family First Prevention Services. Guidance Courts, Prevention 11/13/19
Leveraging the Family First Prevention Services Act to Improve Use of Title IV-E GAP Guidance Kinship 11/13/19
Children’s Bureau Approves DC Child and Family Services Agency’s Federal Family First Prevention Plan Implementation Strategies, News Prevention 10/30/19
Applying the Research and Evaluation Provisions of the Family First Prevention Services Act Data / Research, Guidance Evidence-Based Practice 10/25/19
Love as Destiny: A Former Foster Youth's Journey in Motherhood Real Story Older Youth / Chafee, Pregnant & Parenting 10/25/19
Birth Parent National Network Webinar – Update on Family First Prevention Services Act (October 2019) Real Story, Constituent Engagement Prevention 10/25/19
Webinar Recording:Historic Opportunity to Reform the Child Welfare System: Youth & Alumni Priorities on Preventing Unnecessary Removal of Children from their Families Advocacy Tools, Real Story, Presentation/Webinar, Constituent Engagement Prevention 10/22/19
New Child Welfare Policy Manual Q&A Updates: Allowable Administrative and Training Costs Program Instructions Prevention 10/22/19
Nebraska Family First Workgroup Website State Teams Overview / General 10/17/19
Implementing the Family First Prevention Services Act - a Guide Implementation Strategies Adoption Assistance, Child Fatalities, Courts, Evidence-Based Practice, Interstate Placement / NEICE, Juvenile Justice, Kinship, Older Youth / Chafee, Pregnant & Parenting, Prevention, QRTP / Congregate Care 10/04/19
Family Voices United: A Podcast on Supporting Kinship Families Advocacy Tools, Constituent Engagement Kinship 10/02/19
Historic Opportunity for Reform in Child Welfare: Prevention Advocacy Tools, Constituent Engagement Prevention 10/01/19
Nebraska's Five-Year Title IV-E Prevention Plan State Teams, Implementation Strategies Prevention 10/01/19
Family First Core Messaging Advocacy Tools Overview / General 09/30/19
Defining Candidacy: Guiding Questions State Teams, Constituent Engagement Prevention 09/23/19
Qualified Residential Treatment Program Assessments: Guiding Questions State Teams, Constituent Engagement QRTP / Congregate Care 09/23/19
Pivot to Prevention: Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families State Teams, Presentation/Webinar Prevention 09/23/19
Arkansas Title IV-E 5 Year Prevention Plan State Teams, Implementation Strategies Evidence-Based Practice, Prevention 09/23/19
Qualified Residential Treatment Programs Q&A from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Guidance QRTP / Congregate Care 09/20/19
Next Programs and Services Planned for Systemic Review by the Clearinghouse News Evidence-Based Practice, Prevention 09/08/19
Utah submits Family First Act Prevention plan ahead of Oct. 1 start date (Press release) News Overview / General 09/08/19
Utah Title IV-E 5-Year Prevention Plan State Teams, Implementation Strategies Evidence-Based Practice, Prevention 08/30/19
Family First Act can fund needed services and supports for older youth in foster care Data / Research Prevention 08/28/19
Questions on Medicaid program expenditures and prevention services requirements Program Instructions Prevention 08/28/19
Kentucky Title IV-E Prevention Plan State Teams, Implementation Strategies Evidence-Based Practice, Prevention 08/23/19
Technical Bulletin on Title IV-E Prevention Program Data Elements Program Instructions Prevention 08/19/19
Child Maltreatment Prevention Framework for Action State Teams, Implementation Strategies Child Fatalities 08/19/19
Advancing Healthy Outcomes: Eight Ways to Promote the Health and Well-being of LGBTQ+ Youth Involved with Child Welfare through Family First Implementation Implementation Strategies Evidence-Based Practice, Older Youth / Chafee, Overview / General, Prevention 08/19/19
ACYF-CB-IM-19-04 Evaluation Plan Development Tip Sheet Program Instructions Evidence-Based Practice, Prevention 08/13/19
Family Preservation Services: An Assessment of Recent DCFS Performance and Outcomes: SFY 2019 - Arkansas Data / Research Prevention 08/06/19
ACYF-CB-IM-19-03 -Family, Children and Youth Voice, Engagement, and Empowerment; Continuous Quality Improvement; System-Change Efforts Constituent Engagement, Guidance 08/06/19
Virginia Department of Social Services - Family First State Teams, Guidance Overview / General 08/06/19
How does Children’s Village reflect the components of a Qualified Residential Treatment Program Case Study QRTP / Congregate Care 08/01/19
Supporting Evidence Building in Child Welfare Project News Evidence-Based Practice, Prevention 07/30/19
Putting Families First in DC: Title IV-E Prevention Plan Five-Year Executive Summary State Teams, Implementation Strategies Evidence-Based Practice, Prevention 07/21/19
ACYF-CB-PI-19-06: Transitional Payments for Title IV-E Prevention and Family Services and Programs Program Instructions Evidence-Based Practice, Prevention 07/18/19
Promoting Understanding of Community Connections in Home Visiting: State of Available Data and Future Opportunities Data / Research Prevention 07/17/19
Kentucky Delegation Letter to Senator McConnell State Teams, Implementation Strategies Evidence-Based Practice, Prevention, QRTP / Congregate Care 07/15/19
Oregon Senate Bill 171 State Teams, Implementation Strategies QRTP / Congregate Care 07/11/19
Implementation Questions for Legal Community Engagement Advocacy Tools, State Teams, Implementation Strategies Overview / General 07/11/19
Family First can change the narrative for teens in foster care Opinion, Real Story Older Youth / Chafee, QRTP / Congregate Care 07/05/19
Legal Professional Roles: Implementing the Family First Prevention Services Act Implementation Strategies Overview / General 07/05/19
Family Voices United: Perspectives on Mental Health Advocacy Tools, Constituent Engagement Overview / General 06/26/19
Family Voices United: A Podcast on Mental Health Supports Advocacy Tools, Constituent Engagement Prevention 06/21/19
Prevention Services Clearinghouse Website Data / Research Evidence-Based Practice, Prevention 06/20/19
Letter to States: Transitional Payments for IV-E Prevention Programs Guidance Prevention 06/06/19
Evidence Based Practice Index Data / Research Evidence-Based Practice, Prevention 06/05/19
Family First Readiness Assessment, Planning and Initial Implementation: Chapin Hall Capacity, Planning Framework and Suite of Tools Implementation Strategies Overview / General 06/04/19
Expectant and Parenting Youth in Foster Care: Systems Leaders Data Tool Kit Data / Research Pregnant & Parenting 06/02/19
Introduction to the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse Standards & Procedures Presentation/Webinar Evidence-Based Practice, Prevention 05/14/19
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