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 >

Family First Readiness Assessment, Planning and Initial Implementation: Chapin Hall Capacity, Planning Framework and Suite of Tools

This presentation provides an overview of Chapin Hall's capacity, planning framework and suite of tools. Helpful for jurisdictions considering readiness assessment, planning and initial implementation of the Family First Act... (Read more)

Published Jun 4, 2019

Bass, Members of Congress Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Assist with Transition in Child Welfare Funding

Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, along with colleagues in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, introduced the “Family First Transition and... (Read more)

Published May 14, 2019

Partnering with Birth Parents to Promote Reunification

The Child Welfare Information Gateway produced this factsheet; it explores what foster caregivers can do to work in partnership with the birth families of children in their care to promote... (Read more)

Published May 10, 2019

Casey Family Programs Family First Prevention Services Act Summary - Updated

The Family First Prevention Services Act was passed and signed into law (P.L. 115-123) as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act on February 9, 2018. Below is a high-level summary... (Read more)

Published May 7, 2019

Maximizing Equity with the Family First Act

A new webinar recording focuses on leveraging the Family First Prevention Services Act to advance equity in child welfare systems. The 60-minute session, hosted by the Annie E. Casey and... (Read more)

Published May 6, 2019

Responsibly Defining Candidacy within the Context of Family First Act: Five Principles to Consider.

The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) just released the brief, Responsibly Defining Candidacy within the Context of Family First Act: Five Principles to Consider, which highlights the... (Read more)

Published May 1, 2019

Prevention Services Clearinghouse Handbook of Standards and Procedures

The Prevention Services Clearinghouse Handbook of Standards and Procedures provides a detailed description of the standards used to identify and review programs and services for the Prevention Services Clearinghouse and... (Read more)

Published Apr 26, 2019

Title Resource Type Topic Location Source Published
Family First Readiness Assessment, Planning and Initial Implementation: Chapin Hall Capacity, Planning Framework and Suite of Tools Implementation Strategies Overview / General 06/04/19
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
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, Pregnant & Parenting, 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, News 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 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
Brookings Institution: Driving better outcomes for children in foster care Presentation/Webinar, Implementation Strategies Overview / General 02/14/19
FAQ on the National Model Foster Family Home Licensing Standards Law / Summary Overview / General 02/12/19
Communication Toolkit Advocacy Tools Overview / General 02/07/19
Nebraska Family First Act State Teams, Implementation Strategies Overview / General 02/07/19
Dr. Gretchen Hull: Bipartisan law helps keep kids out of foster care Opinion, Real Story Overview / General, Prevention 02/06/19
New Child Welfare Law Will Help Keep Families Together Opinion, Real Story Overview / General, Prevention 02/06/19
The Key Players Behind Washington’s Biggest Foster Care Reform in Decades News Overview / General 02/05/19
Adoption and Guardianship for Children in Kinship Foster Care Law / Summary Adoption Assistance, Kinship 02/05/19
New Opportunities for Kinship Families: Action Steps to Implement the Family First Prevention Services Act in Your Community Advocacy Tools, Constituent Engagement, Law / Summary Kinship 02/05/19
Let's keep children in their family, if they can't be with their mothers Opinion Overview / General 02/05/19
Family First Prevention Services Act: Implications for Grand-families Presentation/Webinar Kinship, Overview / General 02/05/19
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