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 >

COVID-19 and Child Welfare: Using Data to Understand Trends in Maltreatment and Response

Since March 2020, stay-at-home orders and deteriorating economic conditions have placed families under stress, while children home from school have diminished exposure to adults who might detect and report abuse... (Read more)

Published Oct 23, 2020

Our American States Podcast - State, Federal Policies Aim to Ease Transition Out of Foster Care

The 108th episode of the Our American States Podcast from the National Conference of State Legislatures focuses on policies that support youth transitioning out of foster care and challenges young... (Read more)

Published Oct 23, 2020

Implementing the Substance Use Disorder Provisions of the Family First Prevention Services Act

This toolkit, from Child and Family Futures, ChildFocus and the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors, is designed to guide state leaders in their efforts to implement... (Read more)

Published Oct 23, 2020

Wisconsin's Family First Website

This website, hosted by Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, outlines the state's efforts to implement the Family First Prevention Services Act. Resources include background, action teams and Quality Residential... (Read more)

Published Oct 23, 2020

Support for Family-Focused Residential Treatment-Title IV-E and Medicaid Guidance

On October 5th, the Administration of Children & Families and Center for Medicaid & CHIP Services released guidance on Support for Family-Focused Residential Treatment. Guidance includes: Existing Opportunities and Flexibilities... (Read more)

Published Oct 5, 2020

2020 State of Grandfamilies in America Annual Report: Facing a Pandemic: Grandfamilies Living Together During COVID-19 and Thriving Beyond

Released by Generations United, Facing a Pandemic: Families Living Together During COVID-19 and Thriving Beyond is the 2020 State of Grandfamilies in America Annual Report. This report elevates the unique... (Read more)

Published Sep 30, 2020

Georgia's Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Plan

Beginning in early 2019, leaders representing family-serving state agencies, community organizations, and stakeholder groups came together to address Georgia’s high rate of child abuse and neglect. It was determined that... (Read more)

Published Sep 30, 2020

Title Resource Type Topic Location Source Published
COVID-19 and Child Welfare: Using Data to Understand Trends in Maltreatment and Response Data / Research 10/23/20
Our American States Podcast - State, Federal Policies Aim to Ease Transition Out of Foster Care Real Story, Constituent Engagement COVID-19, Older Youth / Chafee 10/23/20
Implementing the Substance Use Disorder Provisions of the Family First Prevention Services Act Implementation Strategies Prevention 10/23/20
Wisconsin's Family First Website State Teams QRTP / Congregate Care, Prevention, Overview / General 10/23/20
Support for Family-Focused Residential Treatment-Title IV-E and Medicaid Guidance Guidance Overview / General 10/05/20
2020 State of Grandfamilies in America Annual Report: Facing a Pandemic: Grandfamilies Living Together During COVID-19 and Thriving Beyond Presentation/Webinar, Constituent Engagement Kinship 09/30/20
Georgia's Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Plan State Teams, Implementation Strategies Child Fatalities 09/30/20
Maine's Child and Family Services & Family First State Teams Overview / General 09/30/20
National Adoption Month 2020 - Engage Youth: Listen and Learn Advocacy Tools 09/24/20
The Guardian: A Quarterly Law Journal Published by NACC Advocacy Tools 09/24/20
Building Communities of Hope: Creating a Better Future For Children & Families in a Time of Crisis Advocacy Tools 09/24/20
Supporting Parenting and Expectant Teens in Foster Care Advocacy Tools 09/17/20
Virtual and Remote Workforce Needs Advocacy Tools 09/17/20
Virtual Family Time: Tips for Families Advocacy Tools 09/17/20
Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse: Public Call for Program & Service Recommendations Advocacy Tools Prevention 09/17/20
Racial Equity Impact Assessments Guide Family First Act Planning in Minnesota State Teams, Implementation Strategies Prevention 09/16/20
Education and Skills Training May Ease Transition to Adulthood for Young People Involved in Foster Care Advocacy Tools, Data / Research 09/14/20
West Virginia Families Come First: 5 Year Plan for Title IV-E Prevention Services 2019-2024 Title IV-E Prevention Plan, Implementation Strategies Prevention, Evidence-Based Practice 09/14/20
COIVD-19: Foster Care and Education Advocacy Tools COVID-19 09/11/20
Implications of COVID-19 on the Research and Evaluation Provisions of Family First Advocacy Tools COVID-19 09/08/20
First-of-its-Kind National Partnership Aims to Redesign Child Welfare Into Child- and Family Well-Being Systems Advocacy Tools 09/08/20
Title IV-E Clearinghouse: New Ratings Advocacy Tools 09/04/20
Title IV-E Clearinghouse Programs & Services Planned for Review Advocacy Tools 09/04/20
Leveraging Federal IV-E Funding to Support Child and Parent Representation Advocacy Tools, Financing Courts 09/04/20
Title IV-E Clearinghouse: SafeCare Advocacy Tools 09/04/20
Family First: High Quality Service Standards for Specialized Settings Advocacy Tools 09/02/20
Family First Prevention Plan: The Changing Landscape of Texas Child Welfare Advocacy Tools Prevention 08/31/20
Strategies for Reducing Inequity Advocacy Tools 08/28/20
Child Safety Forward: A National Initiative to Reduce Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities and Injuries Through a Collaborative, Community-Based Approach Advocacy Tools 08/28/20
Young People Need Families: Taking a Hard Look at Government’s Role in Raising Children Advocacy Tools 08/18/20
Creating a Family First Prevention Plan - Washington, D.C. Advocacy Tools Prevention 08/18/20
Family Engagement In Therapeutic Group Homes Advocacy Tools 08/18/20
Family Voices on School Reopening Advocacy Tools COVID-19 08/16/20
Family First: Title IV-E Prevention Plan Implementation Updates, Part 2 Advocacy Tools 08/14/20
Family First: Title IV-E Prevention Plan Implementation Updates, Part 1 Advocacy Tools 08/14/20
Advancing Healthy Outcomes: Eight Ways to Promote the Health and Well-Being of LGBTQ+ Youth Involved with Child Welfare through Families First Advocacy Tools Prevention 08/14/20
Recommendations for Trauma-Informed Care Under the Family First Prevention Services Act Advocacy Tools 08/07/20
Reducing the Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences Advocacy Tools 08/03/20
Congressional Briefing & Interviews: Addressing Disparities in Black, Indigenous & Rural Communities Advocacy Tools 07/30/20
Seeing Beyond COVID-19 Pandemic and Creating Change for Vulnerable Children and Ensuring Safety and Stability for Vulnerable Children and Families Advocacy Tools COVID-19 07/30/20
Technical Bulletin: Independent Legal Representation Advocacy Tools 07/30/20
Systemic Approaches to Addressing Child and Family Trauma are Key to Fully Leveraging Family First Advocacy Tools Prevention 07/30/20
Guidance for Children and Families Involved with the Child Welfare System During the COVID-19 Pandemic Guidance COVID-19 07/30/20
The State of Prevention: Family First Act and Early Childhood Prevention Programs Advocacy Tools Prevention 07/29/20
Racial Equity Toolkit Featuring African American Grandfamilies Advocacy Tools 07/24/20
Racial Equity Toolkit Featuring American Indian and Alaskan Native Grandfamilies Advocacy Tools 07/24/20
Using Media Effectively with Young Children & Virtual Visitation Advocacy Tools 07/24/20
Ethical Casework Practice Advocacy Tools 07/24/20
Virtual Visitation: Guidelines Guidance & Resources to Support Virtual Parenting Time Advocacy Tools 07/24/20
Coordinating Prevention Services in the Community Advocacy Tools Prevention 07/17/20
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