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 >

What Is Prevention and Why Is It Important?

Research has found that successful child abuse interventions must both reduce risk factors and take steps to ensure the well-being of children and families. Use these resources to understand the... (Read more)

Published Apr 23, 2019

The Court’s Role in Reshaping the Child Welfare System to Focus on Prevention

In adopting a prevention mindset, understanding the role of courts in preventing unnecessary removal of children from their homes, preventing compounding trauma while children are in foster care, and being... (Read more)

Published Apr 17, 2019

Oregon's Family First Implementation & Policy Workgroup

Oregon has established a workgroup, under the leadership of the Senate Human Services Committee, to address policy, budget and communication needs related to the implementation of new federal legislation championed... (Read more)

Published Apr 17, 2019

Engaging Philanthropy in Improving Child Well-Being Outcomes

Casey Family Programs created an outline of options and opportunities for foundations who have an interest in leveraging their investments to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families and... (Read more)

Published Apr 10, 2019

Consensus Statement on Group Care for Children and Adolescents: A Statement of Policy of the American Orthopsychiatric Association

Group care for children and adolescents is widely used as a rearing environment and sometimes used as a setting in which intensive services can be provided. This consensus statement on... (Read more)

Published Apr 9, 2019

Kansas Legislative Efforts to Implement Family First

HB 2103 would amend the revised Kansas Code for the Care of Children and enact statutory provisions to enable the state to meet the requirements of the federal Family First... (Read more)

Published Apr 3, 2019

Bringing Medicaid and Managed Care Partners into the Implementation Process

CWLA hosted a webinar on involving key partners from Medicaid and Managed Care in planning for implementation Family First legislation. Webinar included how one state, Virginia, is collaboratively working with... (Read more)

Published Apr 3, 2019

Title Resource Type Topic Location Source Published
In-Home Supports Guidance Prevention 03/31/14
Summary of Family First Presentation/Webinar Overview / General 02/08/18
Family First Prevention Services Act and its Implication for State Legislators Opportunities- Challenges- Recommendations Implementation Strategies Overview / General 02/08/18
Understanding family-based care for kids with serious mental/behavioral health Presentation/Webinar, Case Study QRTP / Congregate Care 02/08/18
Trauma-informed care initiatives show promise for improving practice in the child welfare system Data / Research Evidence-Based Practice, Overview / General 03/01/18
Family First Act changes child welfare financing landscape Financing, Data / Research Overview / General 03/06/18
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
NCSL summary of the Family First Prevention Services Act Law / Summary Overview / General 05/15/18
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
Testimony of Jerry Milner on Family First Prevention Services Act Implementation Strategies, Law / Summary Overview / General 07/24/18
Comments on the clearinghouse of evidence-based practices under FFPSA Data / Research Evidence-Based Practice, Prevention 08/13/18
ACYF-CB-IM-18-04 NEICE 2018 funding Guidance Interstate Placement / NEICE 08/23/18
Evidence to Action Data / Research Prevention 10/30/18
Fostering Youth Transitions Data / Research Older Youth / Chafee 11/13/18
ACYF-CB-IM-18-05 - Reshaping child welfare in the United States to focus on strengthening families Guidance Prevention 11/16/18
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-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-18-09 State Requirements for Electing Title IV-E Prevention and Family Services and Programs Program Instructions Kinship 11/30/18
Using New Federal Funding Opportunities to Develop Effective Kinship Navigator Programs Presentation/Webinar Kinship 12/04/18
Leading with Evidence Webinar Series Presentation/Webinar Evidence-Based Practice 12/06/18
Family First Prevention Services Act Brief Summary: Implications for Grandfamilies Law / Summary Kinship 12/18/18
What are some of the foundational elements, strategies and opportunities for child welfare financing? Financing, Presentation/Webinar Overview / General 12/19/18
How can we ensure a child’s first placement is with family? Guidance Kinship 12/20/18
Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect Guidance, Implementation Strategies Pregnant & Parenting, Prevention 12/31/18
Opportunities for Legislatures Presentation/Webinar Overview / General 01/01/19
In 2017, the rate of children in foster care rose in 39 states Data / Research Overview / General 01/03/19
Key Opportunities for Families Guidance Overview / General 01/08/19
Using In Home Services to prevent foster care in Austin, Texas Implementation Strategies Prevention 01/08/19
From Data to Practice: The Impact of Placement with Family on Safety, Permanency, and Well-Being Data / Research Overview / General 01/08/19
Leveraging the FFPSA for Older Youth: Prevention Provisions Guidance Older Youth / Chafee, Pregnant & Parenting, Prevention 01/15/19
Interventions with Special Relevance for the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) (Second Edition) Law / Summary Overview / General, Prevention 01/29/19
Family First Prevention Services Act Overview Law / Summary Overview / General 01/29/19
Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 Summary Law / Summary Overview / General 01/29/19
Casey Family Programs Family First Prevention Services Act Summary Law / Summary Overview / General 01/29/19
New Opportunities for Kinship Families Implementation Strategies Kinship 01/29/19
Congressional Research Services FFPSA Detailed Summary Law / Summary Overview / General 01/29/19
Safe Children: Reducing Severe and Fatal Maltreatment Law / Summary Child Fatalities 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
Child Welfare Financing 201: Handout Packet Financing, Law / Summary Overview / General 01/29/19
KINSHIP NAVIGATOR PROGRAMS - SUMMARY & ANALYSIS Law / Summary Kinship 01/29/19
Child Welfare Financing Survey SFY 2016 Financing, Data / Research 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
Ohio FAMILY FIRST PREVENTION SERVICES ACT Implementation Strategies Overview / General 01/30/19
Letter/Guidance from Sen. Grassley Guidance Older Youth / Chafee 01/30/19
Leveraging the FFPSA for Older Youth: Improving Transitions Implementation Strategies Older Youth / Chafee, 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
Children's Defense Fund Family First Act Detailed Summary 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
"Family First Prevention Services Act Section by Section Law / Summary Overview / General 01/31/19
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