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 >

Oregon Senate Bill 171

The measure aligns the Oregon child welfare system's use of QRTPs (Quality Residential Treatment Program) consistent with federal funding requirements. The measure includes time restrictions for the placement of children... (Read more)

Published Jul 11, 2019

Implementation Questions for Legal Community Engagement

As states begin the process of implementing the many provisions of Family First, we have pulled together questions for agencies to discuss and address with partners in the legal community... (Read more)

Published Jul 11, 2019

Family First can change the narrative for teens in foster care

Hear from an Iowan with lived experience in foster care about how Family First empowers states to do better for young people. View the op-ed here.(Read more)

Published Jul 5, 2019

Legal Professional Roles: Implementing the Family First Prevention Services Act

The American Bar Association has provided a two-page summary of ways the legal community can engage to help implement the Family First Prevention Services Act.(Read more)

Published Jul 5, 2019

Family Voices United: Perspectives on Mental Health

The passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 now provides states, tribes, and territories with the option to use federal child welfare funds for prevention activities, including... (Read more)

Published Jun 26, 2019

Family Voices United: A Podcast on Mental Health Supports

Listen to an update from Family Voices United members on what’s happening with Family First and how mental health supports and access can benefit families. Hear directly from constituents (birth... (Read more)

Published Jun 21, 2019

Prevention Services Clearinghouse Website

The Prevention Services Clearinghouse was established by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to systematically review research and evaluation... (Read more)

Published Jun 20, 2019

Title Resource Type Topic Location Source Published
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
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
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
Colorado Family First Prevention Services Act Advisory Committee State Teams, Constituent Engagement, Implementation Strategies Overview / General 03/13/19
Senator Wyden's Letter to Oregon Senator Gelser Celebrating Oregon's Family First Implementation Plan Opinion, State Teams, Implementation Strategies Overview / General 03/12/19
Parent Education to Strengthen Families and Prevent Child Maltreatment Guidance, Implementation Strategies Pregnant & Parenting, Prevention 02/28/19
Fostering Change: Inside the federal government's big, bold -- and potentially messy -- plan for overhauling how states manage child welfare. News Overview / General 02/27/19
Connecting the Dots: A Resource Guide for Meeting the Needs of Expectant and Parenting Youth, their Children, and their Families Advocacy Tools, Guidance Pregnant & Parenting 02/27/19
FAQ on National Model Foster Family Home Licensing Standards Guidance Kinship 02/25/19
Youth Villages: Keeping Children with Families Case Study Prevention 02/20/19
Strategic Planning in Child Welfare: Strategies for Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement Constituent Engagement, Implementation Strategies Overview / General 02/20/19
Accreditation Guru's Family First Prevention Services Act Resource Page Implementation Strategies QRTP / Congregate Care 02/20/19
FamilyVoicesUnited.org Advocacy Tools, Real Story, Constituent Engagement Overview / General 02/20/19
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