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 >

Family First Advocacy Toolkit

American Academy of Pediatrics released a Family First Advocacy Toolkit and announced a May 1 Family First Day of Action! This toolkit will support AAP members and chapters in their... (Read more)

Published Mar 25, 2019

Letter from Congress to HHS Secretary

A letter signed by the Chair and Ranking Members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance as well as the Chairman and Ranking Member of the U.S. House Committee on... (Read more)

Published Mar 19, 2019

ACYF-CB-PI-19-04 - Tribal Child & Family Services Plan

The Children’s Bureau has released the attached new Program Instruction ACYF-CB-PI-19-04, which provides guidance to tribes on requirements for submission of: The Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP) Final Report... (Read more)

Published Mar 19, 2019

ACF-ACYF-CB-PI-19-02 State 2020-2024 CFSP Program Instructions

The Children’s Bureau has released the attached new Program Instruction ACYF-CB-PI-19-02, which provides guidance to State title IV-B/IV-E agencies on requirements for submission of: The Child and Family Services Plan... (Read more)

Published Mar 13, 2019

Colorado Family First Prevention Services Act Advisory Committee

The purpose of the Colorado Family First Prevention Services Act Advisory Committee (CO FFPSA or "advisory committee") is to create a roadmap for Colorado’s state and county collaborative effort... (Read more)

Published Mar 13, 2019

Fostering Change: Inside the federal government's big, bold -- and potentially messy -- plan for overhauling how states manage child welfare.

From Governing.com: Tucked inside the $1.3 trillion spending bill passed by Congress in February 2018 was a piece of legislation called the Family First Prevention Services Act. The measure was... (Read more)

Published Feb 27, 2019

FAQ on National Model Foster Family Home Licensing Standards

The Children’s Bureau released final National Model Foster Family Home Licensing Standards , as required by the Family First Prevention Services Act. See Generations United’s FAQ on the National Model,... (Read more)

Published Feb 25, 2019

Title Resource Type Topic Location Source Published
Family First Advocacy Toolkit Advocacy Tools, Opinion Overview / General 03/25/19
Letter from Congress to HHS Secretary Guidance Evidence-Based Practice 03/19/19
ACYF-CB-PI-19-04 - Tribal Child & Family Services Plan Program Instructions Older Youth / Chafee, Overview / General 03/19/19
ACF-ACYF-CB-PI-19-02 State 2020-2024 CFSP Program Instructions Program Instructions Older Youth / Chafee 03/13/19
Colorado Family First Prevention Services Act Advisory Committee State Teams, Constituent Engagement, Implementation Strategies, News Overview / General 03/13/19
Fostering Change: Inside the federal government's big, bold -- and potentially messy -- plan for overhauling how states manage child welfare. News Overview / General 02/27/19
FAQ on National Model Foster Family Home Licensing Standards Guidance Kinship 02/25/19
Youth Villages: Keeping Children with Families Case Study Prevention 02/20/19
Strategic Planning in Child Welfare: Strategies for Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement Constituent Engagement Overview / General 02/20/19
Accreditation Guru's Family First Prevention Services Act Resource Page Implementation Strategies QRTP / Congregate Care 02/20/19
FamilyVoicesUnited.org Advocacy Tools, Real Story, Constituent Engagement Overview / General 02/20/19
Brookings Institution: Driving better outcomes for children in foster care Presentation/Webinar, Implementation Strategies Overview / General 02/14/19
FAQ on the National Model Foster Family Home Licensing Standards Law / Summary Overview / General 02/12/19
Communication Toolkit Advocacy Tools Overview / General 02/07/19
Nebraska Family First Act State Teams, Implementation Strategies Overview / General 02/07/19
Dr. Gretchen Hull: Bipartisan law helps keep kids out of foster care Opinion, Real Story Overview / General, Prevention 02/06/19
New Child Welfare Law Will Help Keep Families Together Opinion, Real Story Overview / General, Prevention 02/06/19
The Key Players Behind Washington’s Biggest Foster Care Reform in Decades News Overview / General 02/05/19
Adoption and Guardianship for Children in Kinship Foster Care Law / Summary Adoption Assistance, Kinship 02/05/19
New Opportunities for Kinship Families: Action Steps to Implement the Family First Prevention Services Act in Your Community Advocacy Tools, Constituent Engagement, Law / Summary Kinship 02/05/19
Let's keep children in their family, if they can't be with their mothers Opinion Overview / General 02/05/19
Family First Prevention Services Act: Implications for Grand-families Presentation/Webinar Kinship, Overview / General 02/05/19
The Power of the Parents’ Voice Real Story Overview / General 02/05/19
NEICE Success Story Case Study Interstate Placement / NEICE 02/05/19
State Presentation on the National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE) Clearinghouse Presentation/Webinar Interstate Placement / NEICE 02/05/19
The National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE) Clearinghouse Overview Implementation Strategies Interstate Placement / NEICE 02/05/19
Congressional Committee Staff Presentation on PL 115-123 (Family First) Law / Summary Overview / General 02/05/19
APHSA Family First Prevention Services Act Presentation/Webinar Overview / General 02/04/19
ACCREDITOR COMPARISON Data / Research QRTP / Congregate Care 02/04/19
Elements of Effective Practice for Children and Youth Served by Therapeutic Residential Care Executive Summary Law / Summary QRTP / Congregate Care 02/04/19
Alliance EBPs and QRTP Opportunities Presentation/Webinar QRTP / Congregate Care 02/04/19
ACYF-CB-IM-19-01 National Model Foster Family Home Licensing Standards Guidance Overview / General 02/04/19
Letter to State Child Welfare Director Law / Summary Overview / General 02/01/19
Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse Project Description Data / Research Overview / General 02/01/19
Addressing common forms of child maltreatment: evidence-informed interventions and gaps in current knowledge Implementation Strategies Child Fatalities, Evidence-Based Practice 02/01/19
Framework for Centering Constituent Voices in the Child Welfare System Constituent Engagement, Implementation Strategies Kinship, Overview / General 02/01/19
Public Law No: 115-123 Law / Summary Overview / General 01/31/19
Family First Prevention Services Act summary Law / Summary Overview / General 01/31/19
"Family First Prevention Services Act Section by Section Law / Summary Overview / General 01/31/19
ACYF-CB-PI-19-01 FY 2019 IV-B-2 Kinship Navigator funding for 2019 Plus Attachments Program Instructions Kinship 01/31/19
Children's Defense Fund Family First Act Detailed Summary Law / Summary Overview / General 01/31/19
Leveraging the FFPSA for Older Youth: Reduction of Group Care Provisions Guidance Older Youth / Chafee, QRTP / Congregate Care 01/31/19
Leveraging the FFPSA for Older Youth: Improving Transitions Implementation Strategies Older Youth / Chafee, Overview / General 01/31/19
Letter/Guidance from Sen. Grassley Guidance Older Youth / Chafee 01/30/19
Ohio FAMILY FIRST PREVENTION SERVICES ACT Implementation Strategies Overview / General 01/30/19
Future Savings: The Economic Potential of Successful Transitions from Foster Care to Adulthood Data / Research Older Youth / Chafee 01/30/19
Child Welfare Financing Survey SFY 2016 Financing, Data / Research Overview / General 01/30/19
KINSHIP NAVIGATOR PROGRAMS - SUMMARY & ANALYSIS Law / Summary Kinship 01/29/19
Child Welfare Financing 201: Handout Packet Financing, Law / Summary Overview / General 01/29/19
Evidence-based and Promising Interventions for Preventing Child Fatalities and Severe Child Injuries Related to Child Maltreatment Implementation Strategies Child Fatalities 01/29/19
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