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 >

Keeping Kids in Families

In this data snapshot, the Annie E. Casey Foundation examines how placements for young people in foster care have changed from 2007 to 2017. Using data from all 50 states... (Read more)

Published Apr 3, 2019

Family-Based Residential Treatment Directory of Residential Substance Use Disorder Treatment Programs for Parents with Children

Volunteers of America, with support from Annie E. Casey, created a directory of residential substance use disorder treatment programs that have program models for parents and children in the same... (Read more)

Published Mar 31, 2019

Family Based Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Technical Assistance Project by Building Bridges Initiative

Building Bridges Initiative, Inc. (BBI) and the Annie E. Casey Foundation have developed the BBI Family-based Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (FRSAT) Technical Assistance (TA) Project. This TA is for both... (Read more)

Published Mar 30, 2019

Public Comment on Prevention Services Data Collection

Casey Family Programs submitted this letter in response to the Children's Bureau request for public comment on Prevention Services Data Collection (OMB No: 0970-NEW). This includes ideas on initial collection... (Read more)

Published Mar 30, 2019

OVC FY 2019 Reducing Child Fatalities and Recurring Child Injuries

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is seeking applications for a demonstration initiative that will build on past efforts... (Read more)

Published Mar 28, 2019

Comparison of Federal Requirements for Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTP) & Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTF)

Building Bridges Initiative, with support from Annie E. Casey foundation, produced a comparison document to help with addressing questions on the differences, similarities and connections between new Family First-defined Quality... (Read more)

Published Mar 28, 2019

Crosswalk Tool for Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards.

This tool is designed to help states and tribes compare their licensing standards with both the Children's Bureau national model and the NARA model family foster home licensing standards. DOWNLOAD:... (Read more)

Published Mar 26, 2019

Title Resource Type Topic Location Source Published
Letter to State Child Welfare Director Law / Summary Overview / General 02/01/19
Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse Project Description Data / Research Overview / General 02/01/19
Addressing common forms of child maltreatment: evidence-informed interventions and gaps in current knowledge Implementation Strategies Child Fatalities, Evidence-Based Practice 02/01/19
Framework for Centering Constituent Voices in the Child Welfare System Constituent Engagement, Implementation Strategies Kinship, Overview / General 02/01/19
Public Law No: 115-123 Law / Summary Overview / General 01/31/19
Family First Prevention Services Act summary Law / Summary Overview / General 01/31/19
"Family First Prevention Services Act Section by Section Law / Summary Overview / General 01/31/19
ACYF-CB-PI-19-01 FY 2019 IV-B-2 Kinship Navigator funding for 2019 Plus Attachments Program Instructions Kinship 01/31/19
Children's Defense Fund Family First Act Detailed Summary Law / Summary Overview / General 01/31/19
Leveraging the FFPSA for Older Youth: Reduction of Group Care Provisions Guidance Older Youth / Chafee, QRTP / Congregate Care 01/31/19
Leveraging the FFPSA for Older Youth: Improving Transitions Implementation Strategies Older Youth / Chafee, Overview / General 01/31/19
Letter/Guidance from Sen. Grassley Guidance Older Youth / Chafee 01/30/19
Ohio FAMILY FIRST PREVENTION SERVICES ACT Implementation Strategies Overview / General 01/30/19
Future Savings: The Economic Potential of Successful Transitions from Foster Care to Adulthood Data / Research Older Youth / Chafee 01/30/19
Child Welfare Financing Survey SFY 2016 Financing, Data / Research Overview / General 01/30/19
KINSHIP NAVIGATOR PROGRAMS - SUMMARY & ANALYSIS Law / Summary Kinship 01/29/19
Child Welfare Financing 201: Handout Packet Financing, Law / Summary Overview / General 01/29/19
Evidence-based and Promising Interventions for Preventing Child Fatalities and Severe Child Injuries Related to Child Maltreatment Implementation Strategies Child Fatalities 01/29/19
Safe Children: Reducing Severe and Fatal Maltreatment Law / Summary Child Fatalities 01/29/19
Congressional Research Services FFPSA Detailed Summary Law / Summary Overview / General 01/29/19
New Opportunities for Kinship Families Implementation Strategies Kinship 01/29/19
Casey Family Programs Family First Prevention Services Act Summary Law / Summary Overview / General 01/29/19
Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 Summary Law / Summary Overview / General 01/29/19
Family First Prevention Services Act Overview Law / Summary Overview / General 01/29/19
Interventions with Special Relevance for the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) (Second Edition) Law / Summary Overview / General, Prevention 01/29/19
Leveraging the FFPSA for Older Youth: Prevention Provisions Guidance Older Youth / Chafee, Pregnant & Parenting, Prevention 01/15/19
From Data to Practice: The Impact of Placement with Family on Safety, Permanency, and Well-Being Data / Research Overview / General 01/08/19
Using In Home Services to prevent foster care in Austin, Texas Implementation Strategies Prevention 01/08/19
Key Opportunities for Families Guidance Overview / General 01/08/19
In 2017, the rate of children in foster care rose in 39 states Data / Research Overview / General 01/03/19
Opportunities for Legislatures Presentation/Webinar Overview / General 01/01/19
Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect Guidance, Implementation Strategies Pregnant & Parenting, Prevention 12/31/18
How can we ensure a child’s first placement is with family? Guidance Kinship 12/20/18
What are some of the foundational elements, strategies and opportunities for child welfare financing? Financing, Presentation/Webinar Overview / General 12/19/18
Family First Prevention Services Act Brief Summary: Implications for Grandfamilies Law / Summary Kinship 12/18/18
Leading with Evidence Webinar Series Presentation/Webinar Evidence-Based Practice 12/06/18
Using New Federal Funding Opportunities to Develop Effective Kinship Navigator Programs Presentation/Webinar Kinship 12/04/18
ACYF-CB-PI-18-09 State Requirements for Electing Title IV-E Prevention and Family Services and Programs Program Instructions Kinship 11/30/18
ACYF-CB-PI-18-10 Tribal Title IV-E Agency Requirements for Electing Title IV-E Prevention and Family Services and Programs Program Instructions Overview / General, Prevention 11/30/18
ACYF-CB-PI-18-11 Requirements for Participating in the Title IV-E Kinship Navigator Program Program Instructions Kinship 11/30/18
ACYF-CB-PI-18-11: Requirements for Participating in the Title IV-E Kinship Navigator Program Program Instructions Kinship 11/30/18
ACYF-CB-IM-18-05 - Reshaping child welfare in the United States to focus on strengthening families Guidance Prevention 11/16/18
Fostering Youth Transitions Data / Research Older Youth / Chafee 11/13/18
Evidence to Action Data / Research Prevention 10/30/18
ACYF-CB-IM-18-04 NEICE 2018 funding Guidance Interstate Placement / NEICE 08/23/18
Comments on the clearinghouse of evidence-based practices under FFPSA Data / Research Evidence-Based Practice, Prevention 08/13/18
Testimony of Jerry Milner on Family First Prevention Services Act Implementation Strategies, Law / Summary Overview / General 07/24/18
ACYF-CB-PI-18-07 Public Law 115-123, the Family First Prevention Services Act: Implementation of Title IV-E Plan Requirements Program Instructions Overview / General 07/09/18
NCSL summary of the Family First Prevention Services Act Law / Summary Overview / General 05/15/18
ACYF-CB-IM-18-02 NEW LEGISLATION – Public Law 115-123, the Family First Prevention Services Act within Division E, Title VII of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Guidance Overview / General 04/12/18
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