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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COVID-19 Resources and Updates

The updates and resources collected reflect the most up to date information through various sources. The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) is continuing to update resources... (Read more)

Published Apr 2, 2020

ACF Grant Recipient COVID-19 Guidance

ACF Grant Recipient COVID-19 Guidance

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) recognizes the severe impact of COVID-19 on our grantee community. This page centralizes ACF-wide guidance as it pertains to recipients, i.e., grantees, and... (Read more)

Published Apr 2, 2020

Children's Bureau Webpage_Additional COVID-19 resources

The coronavirus—or COVID-19—can put additional pressure on already vulnerable children, youth, and families. The child welfare field is uniquely positioned to support families in this time of increased stress. The... (Read more)

Published Apr 2, 2020

New Program Instruction ACYF-CB-PI-20-09 releasing updated CB-496 form and instructions

The Children’s Bureau has released Program Instruction (PI) ACYF-CB-PI-20-09. This PI provides State, Territorial, and Tribal title IV-E agencies with the revised CB-496 form and instructions approved by the U.S... (Read more)

Published Mar 31, 2020

Guidance on Flexible Convening of Court Hearings During COVID-19

This letter urges attorneys, courts, Court Improvement Programs, and administrative offices of the courts to work together to ensure that requisite judicial proceedings continue during the COVID-19 pandemic. more)

Published Mar 27, 2020

FosterClub Press Release: Youth from Foster Care Thrown into Crisis During COVID-19 Pandemic

In a poll of young people from foster care conducted online via Facebook and Email March 21-24, 2020, FosterClub, the national network for young people from foster care, gained troubling... (Read more)

Published Mar 27, 2020

National Center for State Courts COVID-19 Webpage

This webpage is tracking responses from state judicial systems including where state courts are scaling back, offering telephonic participation and more. View the webpage(Read more)

Published Mar 24, 2020

Title Resource Type Topic Location Source Published
COVID-19 Resources and Updates Advocacy Tools COVID-19 04/02/20
ACF Grant Recipient COVID-19 Guidance Guidance COVID-19 04/02/20
Children's Bureau Webpage_Additional COVID-19 resources Program Instructions COVID-19 04/02/20
New Program Instruction ACYF-CB-PI-20-09 releasing updated CB-496 form and instructions Program Instructions 03/31/20
Guidance on Flexible Convening of Court Hearings During COVID-19 Guidance COVID-19 03/27/20
FosterClub Press Release: Youth from Foster Care Thrown into Crisis During COVID-19 Pandemic News COVID-19 03/27/20
National Center for State Courts COVID-19 Webpage State Teams COVID-19, Courts 03/24/20
National Conference of State Legislatures COVID-19 page Data / Research COVID-19 03/24/20
National Governors Association: COVID-19 Resource Page Data / Research COVID-19 03/24/20
Children's Bureau COVID-19 Resources Guidance COVID-19 03/24/20
FosterClub's COVID-19 Resource Page Guidance COVID-19 03/24/20
National Association of Counsel for Children COVID-19 Page Guidance COVID-19 03/24/20
COVID-19 for GrandFamilies & Multi-generational Families Guidance COVID-19 03/24/20
New Guidance on Caseworker Visits via Videoconferencing Guidance COVID-19 03/19/20
Housing Support When Universities, Colleges Close Due to COVID-19 Implementation Strategies COVID-19 03/12/20
Status of Submitted Title IV-E Prevention Program Five-Year Plans Implementation Strategies, News Prevention 03/04/20
Children's Bureau Webpage: Title IV-E Prevention Program Program Instructions, Guidance, Implementation Strategies, Law / Summary Overview / General 03/04/20
Scaling Evidence-Based Programs in Child Welfare Data / Research Prevention 03/04/20
Kansas Family First webpage State Teams, Implementation Strategies Overview / General 03/04/20
ACYF-CB-PI-20-05 - Kinship Navigator funding Program Instructions Kinship 02/28/20
Historic Opportunity for Reform in Child Welfare: Youth & Alumni Priorities on Quality Residential Services Real Story, Constituent Engagement, Guidance, Implementation Strategies QRTP / Congregate Care 02/28/20
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
What Parents Say About Building A 21st Century Community-Based Approach to Strengthening Families. Advocacy Tools, Real Story, Constituent Engagement Prevention 02/26/20
Estimated State Allocation under Family First Transition Act Data / Research Overview / General 02/19/20
Maryland Title IV-E Prevention Plan Approved State Teams, News Prevention 02/18/20
Children's Bureau Approves Arkansas Title IV-E Prevention Program Plan Implementation Strategies, News Prevention 02/13/20
ACYF-CB-IM-20-04 on Updated Chafee Program Allotments Guidance Older Youth / Chafee 02/13/20
Practical Tips and Resources: Kinship Navigator Programs Guidance, Implementation Strategies Kinship 02/12/20
New FAQs on the Prevention Services Clearinghouse website Data / Research, Guidance Evidence-Based Practice, Prevention 02/12/20
ACYF-CB-IM-20-03 - Strengthening Technology Support for Recruitment, Approval, and Retention of Foster Homes Guidance Overview / General 02/10/20
New Child Welfare Policy Manual Q&A: "Title IV-E, Adoption Assistance Program" Program Instructions Adoption Assistance, Overview / General, Prevention 02/07/20
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-20-02 - State Guidance on FY 2021 Annual Progress and Services Report (APSR) Program Instructions Older Youth / Chafee, Overview / General 02/05/20
Tool for Engaging the Legal Community in Implementing Family First Guidance Courts 02/05/20
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
Child Welfare: Purposes, Federal Programs & Funding Guidance Overview / General 02/03/20
It’s Time to Stop Confusing Poverty With Neglect Opinion Overview / General, Prevention 01/30/20
Challenges in Providing Substance Use Disorder Treatment to Child Welfare Clients in Rural Communities Data / Research Prevention 01/30/20
SAMHSA is accepting applications for the Residential Treatment for Pregnant and Postpartum Women grant program (PPW) Implementation Strategies, News Pregnant & Parenting 01/30/20
Technical Bulletin: Title IV-E Prevention Program Data Collection Timelines Guidance Prevention 01/27/20
ACYF-CB-IM-20-01: New Legislation Family First Transition Act (PL 116-94) News Overview / General 01/22/20
Child Maltreatment Report: 2018 Data / Research Child Fatalities 01/15/20
Database of State Legislation related to Family First Implementation State Teams, Implementation Strategies Overview / General 01/08/20
Family Voices United Podcast: Constituent Engagement Constituent Engagement, Guidance Overview / General 01/06/20
Family Voices United Podcast: Strengthening Families & Keeping Kids out of Foster Care Constituent Engagement, Guidance 01/06/20
The Role of the Court in Implementing the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 Advocacy Tools, Guidance, Implementation Strategies Courts 12/31/19
ACYF-CB-PI-19-07 - Family First Prevention Services Act, Title IV-E Kinship Navigator Programs Program Instructions Kinship 12/20/19
Family First Transition Act Signed into Law News, Law / Summary Prevention 12/20/19
Washington State Family First Prevention (IV-E Program) Services Plan State Teams, Implementation Strategies Prevention 12/20/19
Understanding Trauma to Promote Healing in Child Welfare Real Story, Data / Research Prevention 12/20/19