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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Supporting Parenting and Expectant Teens in Foster Care

In the crush of child welfare, State and local agencies may struggle with providing appropriate and holistic services to older youth in care who are parents or expecting the arrival... (Read more)

Published Sep 17, 2020

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Virtual and Remote Workforce Needs

Child welfare professionals routinely meet with children and families in their communities. Sometimes environmental factors, such as a public health crisis, or situational factors, such as caseload and travel demands,... (Read more)

Published Sep 17, 2020

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Virtual Family Time: Tips for Families

Family time, also known as parent-child visits, is critical to promoting family bonding and setting the stage for successful reunification. Although in-person contact is preferred, there are extreme occasions when... (Read more)

Published Sep 17, 2020

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Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse: Public Call for Program & Service Recommendations

The Prevention Services Clearinghouse is pleased to announce that a public call for program and service recommendations is now open. This call is an opportunity for the public to recommend... (Read more)

Published Sep 17, 2020

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COIVD-19: Foster Care and Education

The Legal Center for Foster Care and Education, the Juvenile Law Center, and the Education Law Center created a list of resources to assist local jurisdictions with education for youth... (Read more)

Published Sep 11, 2020

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First-of-its-Kind National Partnership Aims to Redesign Child Welfare Into Child- and Family Well-Being Systems

The Children's Bureau, Casey Family Programs, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and Prevent Child Abuse America are partnering to launch a nationwide initiative to prove that it is possible to... (Read more)

Published Sep 8, 2020

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Implications of COVID-19 on the Research and Evaluation Provisions of Family First

Family First was designed to help children at risk of entering foster care remain safely with their families, and to help children already in foster care live with families rather... (Read more)

Published Sep 8, 2020

Title Resource Type Topic Location Source Published
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
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
A Guide to Implementing Family First 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
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
Youth Justice and the Family First Advocacy Tools 06/30/20
Virginia Department of Social Services & Family First Advocacy Tools Prevention 06/30/20
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