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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Family First Evidence & Child Welfare Webinar Resources

Child Welfare Evidence & Innovation hosted a webinar on Family First evidence & child welfare . They have released resources provided in the webinar. You can find those resources here.(Read more)

Published Jul 10, 2020

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Share Your Perspective: As states move towards reopening, what supports would help you and your family make that transition most successful?

Family Voices United released a new Share Your Perspective paper that includes the voices of kinship caregivers, birth parents, current and former foster youth. They provide insight into what strategies... (Read more)

Published Jul 10, 2020

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How the Child Welfare System Works

The Child Information Gateway released information about how the child welfare system works. In this resource, you will find the agencies and laws that govern the child welfare system. You... (Read more)

Published Jul 10, 2020

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New Tools to Build Birth and Foster Parent Relationships

Birth and Foster Parent Partnership (BFPP) releases new tools to build birth and foster parent relationships, Birth and Foster Parent Partnership: A Relationship Building Guide and the Birth and Foster... (Read more)

Published Jul 10, 2020

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Webinar Recording & Recap: A Historic Opportunity to Reform the Child Welfare System: Youth & Alumni Priorities on Quality Residential Services

The National Foster Care Youth & Alumni Policy Council hosted a webinar to discuss: A Historic Opportunity to Reform the Child Welfare System: Youth & Alumni Priorities on Quality Residential... (Read more)

Published Jul 7, 2020

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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

Title Resource Type Topic Location Source Published
Family First Prevention Services Act: Implications For Addressing Youth Homelessness Advocacy Tools Older Youth / Chafee, Prevention 11/20/19
Improving State and Tribal Foster Family Home Licensing Standards: Complying with the Family First Prevention Services Act’s Licensing Requirements. Advocacy Tools, Presentation/Webinar, Guidance Kinship, Overview / General 03/26/19
Leveraging the FFPSA for Older Youth: Reduction of Group Care Provisions Guidance Older Youth / Chafee, QRTP / Congregate Care 01/31/19
Title IV-E funding for legal representation and Title IV-E funding for Family First Prevention Services. Guidance Courts, Prevention 11/13/19
"Family First Prevention Services Act Section by Section Law / Summary Overview / General 01/31/19
A Podcast: A Guide to Implementing Family First Implementation Strategies Prevention 06/19/20
A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OF FAMILY CENTERED TREATMENT Data / Research 04/07/20
Accreditation Guru's Family First Prevention Services Act Resource Page Implementation Strategies QRTP / Congregate Care 02/20/19
ACCREDITOR COMPARISON Data / Research QRTP / Congregate Care 02/04/19
ACF Grant Recipient COVID-19 Guidance Guidance COVID-19 04/02/20
ACF-ACYF-CB-PI-19-02 State 2020-2024 CFSP Program Instructions Program Instructions Older Youth / Chafee 03/13/19
ACYF-CB-IM-18-02 NEW LEGISLATION – Public Law 115-123, the Family First Prevention Services Act within Division E, Title VII of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 Guidance Overview / General 04/12/18
ACYF-CB-IM-18-04 NEICE 2018 funding Guidance Interstate Placement / NEICE 08/23/18
ACYF-CB-IM-18-05 - Reshaping child welfare in the United States to focus on strengthening families Guidance Prevention 11/16/18
ACYF-CB-IM-19-01 National Model Foster Family Home Licensing Standards Guidance Overview / General 02/04/19
ACYF-CB-IM-19-03 -Family, Children and Youth Voice, Engagement, and Empowerment; Continuous Quality Improvement; System-Change Efforts Constituent Engagement, Guidance 08/06/19
ACYF-CB-IM-19-04 Evaluation Plan Development Tip Sheet Program Instructions Evidence-Based Practice, Prevention 08/13/19
ACYF-CB-IM-20-01: New Legislation Family First Transition Act (PL 116-94) News Overview / General 01/22/20
ACYF-CB-IM-20-02 Family Time and visitation for children and youth in out-of-home care. Guidance Older Youth / Chafee, Overview / General, Prevention 02/04/20
ACYF-CB-IM-20-03 - Strengthening Technology Support for Recruitment, Approval, and Retention of Foster Homes Guidance Overview / General 02/10/20
ACYF-CB-IM-20-04 on Updated Chafee Program Allotments Guidance Older Youth / Chafee 02/13/20
ACYF-CB-IM-20-05: Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the CARES Act Program Instructions COVID-19 04/05/20
ACYF-CB-IM-20-06: The Administration of Titles IV-E and IV-B Program Instructions COVID-19 04/28/20
ACYF-CB-PI-18-07 Public Law 115-123, the Family First Prevention Services Act: Implementation of Title IV-E Plan Requirements Program Instructions Overview / General 07/09/18
ACYF-CB-PI-18-09 State Requirements for Electing Title IV-E Prevention and Family Services and Programs Program Instructions Kinship 11/30/18
ACYF-CB-PI-18-10 Tribal Title IV-E Agency Requirements for Electing Title IV-E Prevention and Family Services and Programs Program Instructions Overview / General, Prevention 11/30/18
ACYF-CB-PI-18-11 Requirements for Participating in the Title IV-E Kinship Navigator Program Program Instructions Kinship 11/30/18
ACYF-CB-PI-18-11: Requirements for Participating in the Title IV-E Kinship Navigator Program Program Instructions Kinship 11/30/18
ACYF-CB-PI-19-01 FY 2019 IV-B-2 Kinship Navigator funding for 2019 Plus Attachments Program Instructions Kinship 01/31/19
ACYF-CB-PI-19-04 - Tribal Child & Family Services Plan Program Instructions Older Youth / Chafee, Overview / General 03/19/19
ACYF-CB-PI-19-06: Transitional Payments for Title IV-E Prevention and Family Services and Programs Program Instructions Evidence-Based Practice, Prevention 07/18/19
ACYF-CB-PI-19-07 - Family First Prevention Services Act, Title IV-E Kinship Navigator Programs Program Instructions Kinship 12/20/19
ACYF-CB-PI-20-02 - State Guidance on FY 2021 Annual Progress and Services Report (APSR) Program Instructions Older Youth / Chafee, Overview / General 02/05/20
ACYF-CB-PI-20-03 Guidance to Tribes on requirements for submission of the First Annual Progress and Services Report (“2021 APSR”) Program Instructions Older Youth / Chafee 02/06/20
ACYF-CB-PI-20-04: Guidance to States, Territories and Indian Tribes on Family First Prevention Services Act Transition Grant Program Instructions Prevention 02/27/20
ACYF-CB-PI-20-05 - Kinship Navigator funding Program Instructions Kinship 02/28/20
ACYF-CB-PI-20-08: Family First Transition Act Funding Certainty Grants Guidance Overview / General 04/15/20
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
ACYF-CB-PI-20-10: Stafford Act Flexibility for Certain Title IV-E Requirements Advocacy Tools, Financing COVID-19 04/07/20
Addressing Bias in Delinquency and Child Welfare Systems Advocacy Tools 07/22/18
Addressing common forms of child maltreatment: evidence-informed interventions and gaps in current knowledge Implementation Strategies Child Fatalities, Evidence-Based Practice 09/01/12
Addressing the decline in child abuse reports and supporting child well-being Advocacy Tools COVID-19 06/15/20
Adoption and Guardianship for Children in Kinship Foster Care Law / Summary Adoption Assistance, Kinship 02/05/19
Advancing Healthy Outcomes: Eight Ways to Promote the Health and Well-being of LGBTQ+ Youth Involved with Child Welfare through Family First Implementation Implementation Strategies Evidence-Based Practice, Older Youth / Chafee, Overview / General, Prevention 08/19/19
APHSA Family First Prevention Services Act Presentation/Webinar Overview / General 02/04/19
Applying Family First in Washington, DC State Teams, Implementation Strategies Prevention 10/30/19
Applying the Research and Evaluation Provisions of the Family First Prevention Services Act Data / Research, Guidance Evidence-Based Practice 10/25/19
Arkansas Family First Prevention Plan Implementation Strategies Prevention 02/12/20
Arkansas Revised Prevention Plan Nov. 2019 Submission (Draft) State Teams, Implementation Strategies Prevention 11/05/19
Arkansas Title IV-E 5 Year Prevention Plan State Teams, Implementation Strategies Evidence-Based Practice, Prevention 09/23/19
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