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
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
Leveraging the FFPSA for Older Youth: Reduction of Group Care Provisions Guidance Older Youth / Chafee, QRTP / Congregate Care 01/31/19
"Family First Prevention Services Act Section by Section Law / Summary Overview / General 01/31/19
Accreditation Guru's Family First Prevention Services Act Resource Page Implementation Strategies QRTP / Congregate Care 02/20/19
ACCREDITOR COMPARISON Data / Research QRTP / Congregate Care 02/04/19
ACF-ACYF-CB-PI-19-02 State 2020-2024 CFSP Program Instructions Program Instructions Older Youth / Chafee 03/13/19
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
ACYF-CB-IM-18-04 NEICE 2018 funding Guidance Interstate Placement / NEICE 08/23/18
ACYF-CB-IM-18-05 - Reshaping child welfare in the United States to focus on strengthening families Guidance Prevention 11/16/18
ACYF-CB-IM-19-01 National Model Foster Family Home Licensing Standards Guidance Overview / General 02/04/19
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
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-PI-19-01 FY 2019 IV-B-2 Kinship Navigator funding for 2019 Plus Attachments Program Instructions Kinship 01/31/19
ACYF-CB-PI-19-04 - Tribal Child & Family Services Plan Program Instructions Older Youth / Chafee, Overview / General 03/19/19
Addressing common forms of child maltreatment: evidence-informed interventions and gaps in current knowledge Implementation Strategies Child Fatalities, Evidence-Based Practice 02/01/19
Adoption and Guardianship for Children in Kinship Foster Care Law / Summary Adoption Assistance, Kinship 02/05/19
Alliance EBPs and QRTP Opportunities Presentation/Webinar QRTP / Congregate Care 02/04/19
APHSA Family First Prevention Services Act Presentation/Webinar Overview / General 02/04/19
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
Brookings Institution: Driving better outcomes for children in foster care Presentation/Webinar, Implementation Strategies Overview / General 02/14/19
Casey Family Programs Family First Prevention Services Act Summary Law / Summary Overview / General 01/29/19
Child Welfare Financing 201: Handout Packet Financing, Law / Summary Overview / General 01/29/19
Child Welfare Financing Survey SFY 2016 Financing, Data / Research Overview / General 01/30/19
Children's Defense Fund Family First Act Detailed Summary Law / Summary Overview / General 01/31/19
Colorado Family First Prevention Services Act Advisory Committee State Teams, Constituent Engagement, Implementation Strategies, News Overview / General 03/13/19
Comments on the clearinghouse of evidence-based practices under FFPSA Data / Research Evidence-Based Practice, Prevention 08/13/18
Communication Toolkit Advocacy Tools Overview / General 02/07/19
Comparison of Federal Requirements for Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTP) & Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities (PRTF) Guidance QRTP / Congregate Care 03/28/19
Congressional Committee Staff Presentation on PL 115-123 (Family First) Law / Summary Overview / General 02/05/19
Congressional Research Services FFPSA Detailed Summary Law / Summary Overview / General 01/29/19
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
Crosswalk Tool for Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards. Advocacy Tools, Presentation/Webinar, Guidance Kinship, Overview / General 03/26/19
Dr. Gretchen Hull: Bipartisan law helps keep kids out of foster care Opinion, Real Story Overview / General, Prevention 02/06/19
Elements of Effective Practice for Children and Youth Served by Therapeutic Residential Care Executive Summary Law / Summary QRTP / Congregate Care 02/04/19
Engaging Philanthropy in Improving Child Well-Being Outcomes Opinion, Guidance, Implementation Strategies Overview / General 04/10/19
Evidence to Action Data / Research Prevention 10/30/18
Evidence-based and Promising Interventions for Preventing Child Fatalities and Severe Child Injuries Related to Child Maltreatment Implementation Strategies Child Fatalities 01/29/19
Family Based Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Technical Assistance Project by Building Bridges Initiative Guidance, Implementation Strategies Prevention 03/30/19
Family First Act changes child welfare financing landscape Financing, Data / Research Overview / General 03/06/18
Family First Advocacy Toolkit Advocacy Tools, Opinion Overview / General 03/25/19
Family First Prevention Services Act and its Implication for State Legislators Opportunities- Challenges- Recommendations Implementation Strategies Overview / General 02/08/18
Family First Prevention Services Act Brief Summary: Implications for Grandfamilies Law / Summary Kinship 12/18/18
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
Family First Prevention Services Act summary Law / Summary Overview / General 01/31/19
Family First Prevention Services Act: Implications for Grand-families Presentation/Webinar Kinship, Overview / General 02/05/19
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
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