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 >

Implementing the Family First Prevention Services Act - a Guide

This resource, Implementing the Family First Prevention Services Act, is a tool to help ensure full and prompt implementation of the opportunities created by Family First. This guide was developed... (Read more)

Published Oct 4, 2019

Family Voices United: A Podcast on Supporting Kinship Families

Listen as Family Voices United members share how support can make a difference for kinship families. Learn how constituents are taking action, getting involved, and building the movement! Podcast Features:... (Read more)

Published Oct 2, 2019

Historic Opportunity for Reform in Child Welfare: Prevention

On October 1st, the National Foster Care Youth & Alumni Policy Council released a new statement: " A Historic Opportunity to Reform the Child Welfare System: Youth & Alumni Priorities... (Read more)

Published Oct 1, 2019

Family First Core Messaging

This document outlines topline messages designed to help communicate the Family First Act with key stakeholders and the public. Key messages include: Kids deserve to grow up in families; With... (Read more)

Published Sep 30, 2019

Defining Candidacy: Guiding Questions

Oregon's Legislative Policy & Research Office developed Guiding Questions for constituents and stakeholders reviewing and creating a candidacy definition. Questions outlined for the following groups: current and former foster youth,... (Read more)

Published Sep 23, 2019

Qualified Residential Treatment Program Assessments: Guiding Questions

Oregon's Legislative Policy & Research Office developed Guiding Questions for constituents and stakeholders reviewing new QRTP assessments. Questions outlined for the following groups: current and former foster youth, biological parents... (Read more)

Published Sep 23, 2019

Pivot to Prevention: Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families

Presentation by the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families outlines the news headlines, system reactions, budget implications and a pivot to prevention which includes: Child & Youth Safety... (Read more)

Published Sep 23, 2019

Title Resource Type Topic Location Source Published
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
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
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
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
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
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
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