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 >

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Recommendations for Trauma-Informed Care Under the Family First Prevention Services Act

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago have partnered to outline recommendations for how jurisdictions can understand Family First’s policy requirements for trauma-informed... (Read more)

Published Aug 7, 2020

Congressional Briefing & Interviews: Addressing Disparities in Black, Indigenous & Rural Communities

The Research to Policy Collaboration conducted a virtual briefing that covered issues related to racial and health disparities: (i) identifying complex needs that contribute to disparities, (ii) promoting training for... (Read more)

Published Jul 30, 2020

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Seeing Beyond COVID-19 Pandemic and Creating Change for Vulnerable Children and Ensuring Safety and Stability for Vulnerable Children and Families

The Foster Youth Intern COVID-19 Pandemic Working Group is a special summer 2020 edition of CCAI's signature Foster Youth Internship Program. The Foster Youth Intern COVID-19 Pandemic Working Group released... (Read more)

Published Jul 30, 2020

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Technical Bulletin: Independent Legal Representation

In 2017, the Children’s Bureau issued an Information Memorandum (IM) identifying high quality legal representation for parents, children and the child welfare agency as critical to a well-functioning child welfare... (Read more)

Published Jul 30, 2020

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Systemic Approaches to Addressing Child and Family Trauma are Key to Fully Leveraging Family First

The Family First represents the most significant piece of federal child welfare legislation enacted in recent history. Chapin Hall is collaborating with jurisdictions and organizations across the country as they... (Read more)

Published Jul 30, 2020

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Guidance for Children and Families Involved with the Child Welfare System During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The three guiding values of child welfare services are safety, permanency, and well-being. Maintaining child safety is essential, and even the circumstances of a pandemic should not undermine the vital... (Read more)

Published Jul 30, 2020

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The State of Prevention: Family First Act and Early Childhood Prevention Programs

The Alliance for Early Success hosted a webinar to discuss the status of Family First, the role of early childhood advocates in Family First implementation, and the role that racism... (Read more)

Published Jul 29, 2020

Title Resource Type Topic Location Source Published
Recommendations for Trauma-Informed Care Under the Family First Prevention Services Act Advocacy Tools 08/07/20
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
Achieving and Maintaining Permanency Advocacy Tools 07/17/20
COVID-19 Resources Advocacy Tools 07/17/20
Family Engagement Inventory Advocacy Tools 07/17/20
Fiscal Analysis for Family First: Guide and Tools Advocacy Tools Prevention 07/13/20
Town Hall Meeting on the Future of Child Welfare Advocacy Tools 07/13/20
Affirming and Nurturing Racial Identity and Equality in Children Advocacy Tools 07/13/20
Family First Evidence & Child Welfare Webinar Resources Advocacy Tools 07/10/20
Share Your Perspective: As states move towards reopening, what supports would help you and your family make that transition most successful? Advocacy Tools 07/10/20
How the Child Welfare System Works Advocacy Tools 07/10/20
New Tools to Build Birth and Foster Parent Relationships Advocacy Tools 07/10/20
Webinar Recording & Recap: A Historic Opportunity to Reform the Child Welfare System: Youth & Alumni Priorities on Quality Residential Services Advocacy Tools QRTP / Congregate Care 07/07/20
Virginia Department of Social Services & Family First Advocacy Tools Prevention 06/30/20
Maine's Child and Family Services & Family First Advocacy Tools Prevention 06/29/20
Washington State DCYF Practice Improvement and Family First Advocacy Tools Prevention 06/29/20
NCCD and Family First Advocacy Tools Prevention 06/29/20
Listings and Clearinghouses Advocacy Tools Evidence-Based Practice 06/29/20
FCT approved for IV-E Prevention Services under Family First Advocacy Tools Prevention 06/29/20
Partnering in Practice Advocacy Tools 06/26/20
Executive Order on Strengthening the Child Welfare System for America’s Children Law / Summary 06/23/20
Resources to Support Children’s Emotional Well-Being Amid Anti-Black Racism, Racial Violence, and Trauma Advocacy Tools 06/22/20
Letter from Dr. Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of Children's Bureau to state and tribal child welfare leaders Advocacy Tools COVID-19 06/22/20
A Podcast: A Guide to Implementing Family First Implementation Strategies Prevention 06/19/20
Addressing the decline in child abuse reports and supporting child well-being Advocacy Tools COVID-19 06/15/20
Op-ed on 21st century child and family well being systems Advocacy Tools Overview / General 06/14/20
Parent Voice Advocacy Tools 06/12/20
Family Is Essential Advocacy Tools, Opinion 06/11/20
Child Welfare Worker Safety in the Time of COVID: CDC Recommendations for In-Person Interactions with Families Advocacy Tools COVID-19 06/10/20
Resources from the Webinar on Child Welfare Worker Safety in the Time of COVID Advocacy Tools COVID-19 06/10/20
Supplemental funding under Title IV-B, Subpart 1 of the Act to prevent, prepare for, or respond to, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Program Instructions 06/07/20
Direct Service Provision during the COVID-19 Pandemic Advocacy Tools COVID-19 06/04/20
Education During COVID-19 Advocacy Tools 06/04/20
State Action on Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advocacy Tools 06/03/20
Blueprint for Practice: Chapin Hall’s Approach to Building and Sustaining a Practice Model Advocacy Tools 05/31/20
Supporting Clients in Under-resourced Communities during the COVID-19 Pandemic Advocacy Tools COVID-19 05/29/20
Letter from Dr. Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of Children's Bureau to Child Welfare Directors Advocacy Tools, Guidance COVID-19 05/25/20
Joint letter from the ACF and HRSA to promote family strengthening during COVID-19 Advocacy Tools COVID-19 05/22/20
Kansas Family First Prevention Plan APPROVED Implementation Strategies Prevention 05/22/20
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