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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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

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Executive Order on Strengthening the Child Welfare System for America’s Children

On June 24, 2020, President Donald J. Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) to promote the strengthening of the child welfare system by encouraging partnerships between state agencies and public,... (Read more)

Published Jun 23, 2020

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Letter from Dr. Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of Children's Bureau to state and tribal child welfare leaders

Children's Bureau wrote a letter to state and tribal child welfare leaders to address concerns related to filing petitions to terminate a parent’s rights (TPR) when services have not been... (Read more)

Published Jun 22, 2020

Title Resource Type Topic Location Source Published
ACYF-CB-IM-20-06: The Administration of Titles IV-E and IV-B Program Instructions COVID-19 04/28/20
Letter From Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner Of Children's Bureau on Title IV-E Flexibilities Guidance 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
Family Support on the Frontlines of The Pandemic Advocacy Tools COVID-19 04/22/20
Grandfamilies Network COVID-19 Resources Advocacy Tools COVID-19 04/22/20
Coronavirus Funding for Child Welfare and Family Services News COVID-19 04/21/20
Supportive Virtual Family Time Program Advocacy Tools COVID-19 04/21/20
Comments from the National Foster Youth & Alumni Policy Council Addressing the Sex Trafficking of Children and Youth Advocacy Tools 04/20/20
Generations United COVID-19 Resources Advocacy Tools COVID-19 04/20/20
COVID-19 and Grandfamilies Advocacy Tools COVID-19 04/20/20
Human Services: COVID-19 Resources Advocacy Tools COVID-19 04/19/20
National Center for State Courts Tiny Chat: Federal Pass-Through Funding Advocacy Tools, Financing Overview / General 04/19/20
Letter from Jerry MIlner, Associate Commissioner of Children's Bureau to Child Welfare Leaders Guidance COVID-19 04/17/20
Letter from Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of Children's Bureau , to Child Welfare Leaders Advocacy Tools COVID-19 04/16/20
Evidence-Building Academy for Child Welfare Administrators and Evaluators Advocacy Tools Evidence-Based Practice 04/16/20
California Department of Social Services Executive Summary All County Letter Advocacy Tools COVID-19 04/16/20
COVID-19 State Child Welfare and Related Health Resources Advocacy Tools COVID-19 04/16/20
Child Welfare During the COVID-19 Emergency Guidance COVID-19 04/16/20
Covid-19 Checklist Child Welfare Leaders Advocacy Tools COVID-19 04/16/20
NCSL COVID-19: Child Welfare Resources Advocacy Tools COVID-19 04/15/20
ACYF-CB-PI-20-08: Family First Transition Act Funding Certainty Grants Guidance Overview / General 04/15/20
Youth Law Center's COVID-19 Resources Advocacy Tools COVID-19 04/15/20
National Association of Counsel for Children COVID-19 Resource Hub Advocacy Tools COVID-19 04/15/20
Coronavirus Resources for Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Advocacy Tools COVID-19 04/15/20
How to Deliver High-Quality Legal Representation in the COVID-19 Crisis Advocacy Tools COVID-19 04/15/20
How the Protective Factors Can Help Navigate the COVID-19 Crisis Advocacy Tools COVID-19 04/15/20
Tips for Families: Coronavirus Advocacy Tools COVID-19 04/15/20
Letter from Jerry MIlner, Associate Commissioner of Children's Bureau to Child Welfare Leaders Guidance COVID-19 04/14/20
EMERGENCY DECLARATION -SUPPORT FOR YOUNG ADULTS AGING OUT OF STATE CARE Advocacy Tools, Law / Summary COVID-19 04/14/20
Letter from Jerry MIlner, Associate Commissioner of Children's Bureau to Chief Justices and State Court Administrators Advocacy Tools COVID-19 04/13/20
Congressman Danny K. Davis Guide for Grandfamilies on COVID-19 Stimulus Payments Financing COVID-19 04/12/20
Covid-19 Impact: Young People from Foster Care Hit Hard by COVID-19 Advocacy Tools COVID-19 04/12/20
Children’s Bureau suspending the Title IV-E Eligibility and National Youth in Transition reviews in response to the COVID-19 pandemic Advocacy Tools COVID-19 04/09/20
COVID-19 and State Child Care Assistance Programs: Immediate Considerations for State CCDF lead Agencies Financing COVID-19 04/08/20
COVID-19 and Child Welfare Cases Advocacy Tools, Presentation/Webinar COVID-19 04/08/20
Family Centered Treatment (FCT) White Paper Data / Research Evidence-Based Practice 04/07/20
ACYF-CB-PI-20-10: Stafford Act Flexibility for Certain Title IV-E Requirements Advocacy Tools, Financing COVID-19 04/07/20
New DC Provision that Extends Foster Care for Older Youth Law / Summary COVID-19, Older Youth / Chafee 04/07/20
A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OF FAMILY CENTERED TREATMENT Data / Research 04/07/20
WEBINAR: COVID-19 and Child Welfare Cases Advocacy Tools, Presentation/Webinar COVID-19 04/07/20
CRS Report on FMAP for Increase for Title IV-E Data / Research 04/05/20
Top Federal Child Welfare Officials: Family is a Compelling Reason News COVID-19 04/05/20
Family Voices on COVID19 Crisis Impact & Resources Advocacy Tools COVID-19 04/05/20
ACYF-CB-IM-20-05: Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the CARES Act Program Instructions COVID-19 04/05/20
Ways to Promote Children’s Resilience to the COVID-19 Pandemic Advocacy Tools COVID-19 04/02/20
Family First Clearinghouse OKs Homebuilders, Popular Family Preservation Model News Evidence-Based Practice 04/02/20
ACF Grant Recipient COVID-19 Guidance Guidance COVID-19 04/02/20
Management of Infants Born to Mothers with COVID-19 Guidance COVID-19 04/01/20
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