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 >

Child Maltreatment Prevention Framework for Action

This framework, from Colorado, is designed as a tool to guide strategic thinking, at the state and local level, about resource investments to prevent child maltreatment and promote child well-being... (Read more)

Published Aug 19, 2019

Advancing Healthy Outcomes: Eight Ways to Promote the Health and Well-being of LGBTQ+ Youth Involved with Child Welfare through Family First Implementation

This brief, from the Center for the Study of Social Policy, outlines how child welfare systems can leverage Family First to achieve positive outcomes for LGBTQ+ children and youth. The... (Read more)

Published Aug 19, 2019

Family Preservation Services: An Assessment of Recent DCFS Performance and Outcomes: SFY 2019 - Arkansas

Act 906 of the 2001 session of the Arkansas legislature requires the Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to conduct an annual evaluation of family preservation services. The... (Read more)

Published Aug 6, 2019

ACYF-CB-IM-19-03 -Family, Children and Youth Voice, Engagement, and Empowerment; Continuous Quality Improvement; System-Change Efforts

The purpose of this Information Memorandum (IM) is to demonstrate that family and youth voice are critical to a well-functioning child welfare system and to strongly encourage all public child... (Read more)

Published Aug 6, 2019

Virginia Department of Social Services - Family First

Learn how the VA Department of Social Services is structured, how they have defined imminent risk and candidate for foster care, and more. Other highlights include: Downloadable implementation plan, and... (Read more)

Published Aug 6, 2019

Supporting Evidence Building in Child Welfare Project

The Supporting Evidence Building in Child Welfare Project invites child welfare agencies and others to nominate themselves and a program or service to be evaluated. The project, funded by the... (Read more)

Published Jul 30, 2019

Putting Families First in DC: Title IV-E Prevention Program Five Year Plan Executive Summary

Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) submitted their Family First Prevention Services Five Year plan to the Children’s Bureau on April 10, 2019. The executive summary provided outlines the key... (Read more)

Published Jul 21, 2019

Title Resource Type Topic Location Source Published
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
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
Supporting Evidence Building in Child Welfare Project News Evidence-Based Practice, Prevention 07/30/19
Putting Families First in DC: Title IV-E Prevention Program Five Year Plan 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
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
Bass, Members of Congress Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Assist with Transition in Child Welfare Funding News Overview / General 05/14/19
Partnering with Birth Parents to Promote Reunification Advocacy Tools Overview / General 05/10/19
Casey Family Programs Family First Prevention Services Act Summary - Updated Law / Summary Overview / General 05/07/19
Maximizing Equity with the Family First Act Advocacy Tools, Presentation/Webinar Overview / General 05/06/19
Responsibly Defining Candidacy within the Context of Family First Act: Five Principles to Consider. Advocacy Tools, Opinion Prevention 05/01/19
Prevention Services Clearinghouse Handbook of Standards and Procedures Guidance Prevention 04/26/19
What Is Prevention and Why Is It Important? Guidance Prevention 04/23/19
Compiled Q&A on Family First (includes answers from Administration for Children & Families) Guidance Overview / General 04/22/19
The Court’s Role in Reshaping the Child Welfare System to Focus on Prevention Presentation/Webinar, Implementation Strategies Courts, Prevention 04/17/19
Oregon's Family First Implementation & Policy Workgroup State Teams, Implementation Strategies Overview / General 04/17/19
Engaging Philanthropy in Improving Child Well-Being Outcomes Opinion, Guidance, Implementation Strategies Overview / General 04/10/19
Consensus Statement on Group Care for Children and Adolescents: A Statement of Policy of the American Orthopsychiatric Association Data / Research QRTP / Congregate Care 04/09/19
Kansas Legislative Efforts to Implement Family First State Teams, Implementation Strategies Prevention, QRTP / Congregate Care 04/03/19
Bringing Medicaid and Managed Care Partners into the Implementation Process Advocacy Tools, Presentation/Webinar, Constituent Engagement, Implementation Strategies Prevention, QRTP / Congregate Care 04/03/19
Keeping Kids in Families Advocacy Tools, Data / Research Older Youth / Chafee, Overview / General 04/03/19
Family-Based Residential Treatment Directory of Residential Substance Use Disorder Treatment Programs for Parents with Children Advocacy Tools, Implementation Strategies Evidence-Based Practice, Prevention 03/31/19
How does Native American Connections’ Patina Wellness Center help parents in treatment and recovery stay with their children? Real Story, Case Study Pregnant & Parenting, Prevention 03/30/19
Family Based Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Technical Assistance Project by Building Bridges Initiative Guidance, Implementation Strategies Prevention 03/30/19
Public Comment on Prevention Services Data Collection Guidance Prevention 03/30/19
OVC FY 2019 Reducing Child Fatalities and Recurring Child Injuries Implementation Strategies Child Fatalities, Prevention 03/28/19
Comparison of Federal Requirements for Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTP) & Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTF) Guidance QRTP / Congregate Care 03/28/19
Crosswalk Tool for Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards. Advocacy Tools, Presentation/Webinar, Guidance Kinship, Overview / General 03/26/19
NARA Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards Advocacy Tools, Guidance Overview / General 03/26/19
Improving State and Tribal Foster Family Home Licensing Standards: Complying with the Family First Prevention Services Act’s Licensing Requirements. Advocacy Tools, Presentation/Webinar, Guidance Kinship, Overview / General 03/26/19
Family First Advocacy Toolkit Advocacy Tools, Opinion Overview / General 03/25/19
Family First Prevention Services Flow Chart Guidance, Implementation Strategies Prevention 03/25/19
Maintenance of Effort Worksheet Guidance, Implementation Strategies Prevention 03/25/19
Letter from Congress to HHS Secretary Guidance Evidence-Based Practice 03/19/19
ACYF-CB-PI-19-04 - Tribal Child & Family Services Plan Program Instructions Older Youth / Chafee, Overview / General 03/19/19
ACF-ACYF-CB-PI-19-02 State 2020-2024 CFSP Program Instructions Program Instructions Older Youth / Chafee 03/13/19
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