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 >

Pennsylvania Title IV-E Prevention Services Plan

The Family First Prevention Services Act (Family First) provides states with the option of participating in the Title IV-E Prevention Services program. The Prevention Services program allows states to receive federal funding for evidence-based mental health prevention and treatment, substance use prevention and treatment, and in-home parent skill based programs that are delivered to eligible children, youth, and families to help prevent the placement of a child into out-of-home care.(Read more)

Published Sep 16, 2021

Return on Investment of a Colorado Family Resource Center to the Child Welfare System

The findings here suggest that in Teller County, Colorado, CPFRC provides a meaningful return on investment to the child welfare system, with a return of nearly three dollars for every one dollar invested.(Read more)

Published Aug 30, 2021

Return on Investment of a California Family Resource Center to the Child Welfare System

The findings here suggest that in Orange County, California, WFRC provides a meaningful return on investment to the child welfare system, with a return of $3.65 for every $1 invested over a two-year period.(Read more)

Published Aug 30, 2021

Letter from Department of Health and Human Services on Equity

"The federal government as a whole, and the Children’s Bureau specifically, is committed to advancing equity through our work at the federal level and through our work with states, territories, tribes, and all other grantees. I want to take this opportunity to share publicly how focusing on equity will inform all of our work as we move forward."(Read more)

Published Aug 30, 2021

Washington Family First Website

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

Published Jun 29, 2021

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GrandFacts: State Fact Sheets for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Grandchildren

Generations United has released fully updated versions of GrandFacts: State Fact Sheets for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children. These fact sheets for kinship caregivers include state-specific data and programs,... (Read more)

Published Jun 23, 2021

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Family First Evidence-Based Practices Exploration and Cost Tool

Chapin Hall has released the Family First Evidence-Based Practices Exploration and Cost Tool, which is designed to help jurisdictions select evidence-based programs or practices for their Family First prevention plan... (Read more)

Published Jun 23, 2021

Title Resource Type Topic Location Source Published
Pennsylvania Title IV-E Prevention Services Plan Title IV-E Prevention Plan Prevention 09/16/21
Return on Investment of a Colorado Family Resource Center to the Child Welfare System Data / Research, Case Study Prevention 08/30/21
Return on Investment of a California Family Resource Center to the Child Welfare System Data / Research, Case Study Prevention 08/30/21
Letter from Department of Health and Human Services on Equity Opinion Overview / General 08/30/21
Washington Family First Website State Teams QRTP / Congregate Care, Prevention, Pregnant & Parenting, Overview / General, Older Youth / Chafee, Kinship 06/29/21
GrandFacts: State Fact Sheets for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Grandchildren Advocacy Tools Kinship 06/23/21
Family First Evidence-Based Practices Exploration and Cost Tool Advocacy Tools Prevention, Evidence-Based Practice 06/23/21
Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse Reporting Guide for Study Authors Guidance, Implementation Strategies Prevention, Evidence-Based Practice 06/23/21
Family Voices on Mental and Behavioral Health Supports Constituent Engagement Prevention, Kinship 06/23/21
National Reunification Month: Remembrance, Recognition, and Respect by Associate Commissioner Aysha E.Schomburg Opinion Prevention 06/23/21
Keeping Families Strong and Together: Prevention Strategies in Child Welfare Advocacy Tools Evidence-Based Practice 05/14/21
Older Youth Pandemic Relief: Housing Assistance for Youth with Experience in Foster Care During the Pandemic and Recovery Advocacy Tools, Presentation/Webinar, Guidance, Implementation Strategies Older Youth / Chafee 05/12/21
ACYF-CB-PI-21-07 Program Instructions Overview / General 05/05/21
Older Youth Pandemic Relief: Older Youth Pandemic Relief: National Youth Awareness Campaign Advocacy Tools, Presentation/Webinar, Guidance, Implementation Strategies Older Youth / Chafee 05/05/21
National Policy Council Webinar: Supporting Foster Youth & and Families: Leveraging New Opportunities Presentation/Webinar, Constituent Engagement, Implementation Strategies 04/29/21
Older Youth Pandemic Relief: Older Youth Advocacy & Direct Cash Assistance Advocacy Tools, Presentation/Webinar, Guidance, Implementation Strategies Older Youth / Chafee 04/28/21
Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Courts: A Tool for Improving Outcomes for American Indian Children and Families Guidance, Implementation Strategies Courts, Evidence-Based Practice 04/26/21
ACYF-CB-PI-21-06 Program Instructions Overview / General 04/21/21
Reimagining Child Welfare: Recommendations for Public Policy Change by American Academy of Pediatrics Advocacy Tools Prevention 04/16/21
Nebraska’s Five-Year Title IV-E Prevention Program Plan 2020 (3rd edition) Title IV-E Prevention Plan Prevention 04/16/21
Family First Planning & Readiness Toolkit Advocacy Tools, Implementation Strategies Prevention 04/01/21
2021/2022 Prevention Resource Guide Advocacy Tools Prevention 04/01/21
Implementation of Older Youth Provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act Advocacy Tools, Presentation/Webinar Older Youth / Chafee 03/31/21
Recommendations for Prioritizing Children in Opioid Settlement Funding Advocacy Tools, Implementation Strategies Prevention 03/26/21
Family-Centered Reunification Advocacy Tools QRTP / Congregate Care, Prevention 03/25/21
Implementing ACYF-CB-PI-21-04 Older Youth Federal Guidance Webinar Guidance, Implementation Strategies Older Youth / Chafee 03/17/21
Iowa's Five-Year Title IV-E Prevention Program Plan Title IV-E Prevention Plan Evidence-Based Practice 03/12/21
Family First Act Kinship, Youth Alumni, and Parent Learning Session Presentation/Webinar, Implementation Strategies Overview / General, Older Youth / Chafee, Kinship 03/11/21
Congregate Care in the Age of Family First Implementation Strategies QRTP / Congregate Care 03/11/21
ACYF-CB-PI-21-05- Implementing Kinship Navigator Funding in Consolidated Appropriations Act Program Instructions Kinship 03/09/21
ACYF-CB-PI-21-04 - Implementing Older Youth Provisions in Consolidated Appropriations Act Program Instructions Older Youth / Chafee 03/09/21
Child Welfare Financing Survey for state fiscal year (SFY) 2018 Advocacy Tools, Financing 03/09/21
Ending the Use of Harmful and Unnecessary Institutions and Other Group Facilities in Child Welfare Systems Implementation Strategies QRTP / Congregate Care 03/02/21
Family First Kinship Checklist Guidance, Implementation Strategies Kinship 03/01/21
Strategies to Build Evidence for Kinship Navigator Programs Under the Family First Act Advocacy Tools, Implementation Strategies Kinship 03/01/21
Oregon's Five-Year Title IV-E Prevention Program Plan Title IV-E Prevention Plan Prevention 02/26/21
Current Status of Approved/Submitted Title IV-E Prevention Program Five-Year Plans Title IV-E Prevention Plan 02/18/21
ACYF-CB-PI-21-02 - Updated guidance on applying for FY 2022 CIP Funding Program Instructions Courts 02/12/21
Maintenance of Effort Worksheet Guidance, Implementation Strategies Prevention 02/10/21
Grandfamilies and Kinship Care Provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, February 9, 2021 Webinar Presentation/Webinar, Constituent Engagement COVID-19, Kinship 02/09/21
Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021: Implications for Grandfamilies News, Law / Summary COVID-19, Kinship 02/09/21
Reframing Childhood Adversity: Promoting Upstream Approaches Advocacy Tools Prevention 02/01/21
Family-Centered Treatment 2021 White Paper on Reunification Advocacy Tools Prevention 02/01/21
ACYF-CB-IM-21-06: Utilizing Title IV-E Funding to Support High Quality Legal Representation Financing, Guidance Overview / General, Courts 01/14/21
ACYF-CB-IM-21-04: Clarification on Family First Services and Cultural Adaptation for Tribes Title IV-E Prevention Plan, Implementation Strategies Prevention 01/13/21
ACYF-CB-IM-21-05: NEW LEGISLATION – Public Law (P.L.) 116-260 Guidance, News COVID-19, Courts, Older Youth / Chafee, Kinship 01/13/21
ACYF-CB-IM-21-02: Civil Legal Advocacy to Promote Child and Family Well-being, Address the Social Determinants of Health, and Enhance Community Resilience Guidance Courts 01/12/21
ACYF-CB-IM-21-03: Emerging Transformed, Lessons from COVID-19 Pandemic Guidance Overview / General, COVID-19 01/12/21
Child Welfare Provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 Law / Summary Prevention, Overview / General, Evidence-Based Practice, Older Youth / Chafee, Kinship 01/10/21
ACYF-CB-IM-21-01: Achieving Permanency for the Well-Being of Children and Youth Guidance Overview / General, Courts, Older Youth / Chafee 01/05/21
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