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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Virginia Department of Social Services & Family First

Family First Act underscores the importance of children growing up in families and seeks to avoid the traumatic experience of children being separated from their families and entering foster care... (Read more)

Published Jun 30, 2020

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Maine's Child and Family Services & Family First

Maine's Child and Family Services released a Family First Fact Sheet that defines Family First and outlines what Maine is doing to implement Family First. You can find more information... (Read more)

Published Jun 29, 2020

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Washington State DCYF Practice Improvement and Family First

The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) embraces Family First implementation as an opportunity to expand the choices and support we provide to children, youth and families... (Read more)

Published Jun 29, 2020

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NCCD and Family First

NCCD created a resource to help agencies with their Family First efforts. As the first organization to have an independent technical review process approved by ACF and as a partner... (Read more)

Published Jun 29, 2020

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Listings and Clearinghouses

This resource released by the Family Centered Treatment Foundation includes listings and clearinghouses for evidence based practices. You can find the resource here .(Read more)

Published Jun 29, 2020

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FCT approved for IV-E Prevention Services under Family First

Family Centered Treatment as an evidence-based, and now deemed, well-supported trauma treatment model of home-based family therapy is well positioned to support families as part of FFA. FCT is categorized... (Read more)

Published Jun 29, 2020

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Partnering in Practice

Child Welfare Information Gateway released information regarding positive partnerships between birth parents, caregivers, caseworkers, and/or older youth often making the difference in ensuring reunification. The information includes the lived experience... (Read more)

Published Jun 26, 2020

Title Resource Type Topic Location Source Published
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
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
Resources to Support Children’s Emotional Well-Being Amid Anti-Black Racism, Racial Violence, and Trauma Advocacy Tools 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
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
Considerations for Tele-visit Sessions for Behavioral Health Family Centered Treatment® Practitioners Advocacy Tools COVID-19 05/22/20
SYP: What are the EARLY warning signs that a family might be approaching a crisis? Advocacy Tools COVID-19 05/21/20
NFYI CORONAVIRUS RAPID RESPONSE Advocacy Tools COVID-19 05/20/20
Building Capacity for Disaster Preparedness at a Child Welfare Agency Advocacy Tools COVID-19 05/20/20
Court-Focused Technology Platform Comparison Guide Advocacy Tools Courts 05/20/20
Statement Regarding Safe Courts and Access to Justice During COVID-19 from NCJFCJ Advocacy Tools COVID-19, Courts 05/14/20
Recent additions to the Prevention Services Clearinghouse Advocacy Tools Evidence-Based Practice 05/14/20
COVID-19 Foster Parents and Kinship Caregivers Advocacy Tools COVID-19 05/13/20
COVID-19 and Older Youth in the Child Welfare System Advocacy Tools COVID-19 05/13/20
COVID-19 and Congregate Care Facilities Advocacy Tools COVID-19 05/13/20
National Indian Child Welfare Association COVID-19 Resources Advocacy Tools COVID-19 05/13/20
COVID-19 and Child Welfare Caseworkers Advocacy Tools COVID-19 05/07/20
Child Welfare Funding Updates in Response to the COVID-19 Emergency Financing COVID-19 05/06/20
Title IV-E Administrative Functions/Costs, Allowable Costs Financing Overview / General 05/06/20
Family Centered Treatment Foundation Resources Advocacy Tools COVID-19 05/06/20
Letter from Jerry MIlner, Associate Commissioner of Children's Bureau, to the Child Welfare Workforce Advocacy Tools 05/06/20
North Dakota seeks comments on its foster care prevention plan Advocacy Tools Prevention 05/02/20
Family Voices United Resource Page Advocacy Tools Overview / General 04/30/20
Claiming Traditional and Prevention Candidates Under Family First Advocacy Tools Overview / General 04/30/20
Useful Resources for Children and Families During the COVID-19 Crisis Advocacy Tools COVID-19 04/30/20
Letter From Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner Of Children's Bureau on Title IV-E Flexibilities Guidance COVID-19 04/28/20
ACYF-CB-IM-20-06: The Administration of Titles IV-E and IV-B Program Instructions COVID-19 04/28/20
ACYF-CB-PI-20-09 : Approval of a revised form for reporting financial data on the title IV-E Service Programs Program Instructions Overview / General 04/27/20
NCSL Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for States Advocacy Tools COVID-19 04/23/20
CARES Act and Grandfamilies Advocacy Tools COVID-19 04/23/20
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