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 >

Every Kid Needs a Family Website

The purpose of this site is to provide information and advocacy tools to assist judges, attorneys, and advocates in making decisions regarding the placement of children that reflect the least... (Read more)

Published Nov 23, 2020

Transforming Child Welfare Systems to a 21st Century Model that Strengthens and Supports Families and Communities: Innovations from the Field

This document from the Within Our Reach office of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities is designed to describe a public health approach and provide some examples of innovations... (Read more)

Published Nov 22, 2020

Letter from Associate Commissioner Milner reflecting on Roundtables with Young Leaders

On November 18th, Associate Commissioner Jerry Milner of the Federal Children's Bureau released a letter reflecting on the twelve roundtables conducted with young people in/from foster care that the Children's... (Read more)

Published Nov 18, 2020

Child Welfare Policy Manual Q & A: Section 8.6C "Title IV-E Prevention Services Program, Administrative Functions/Costs"

The Child Welfare Policy Manual has released a new Question and Answer under Section 8.6C "Title IV-E Prevention Services Program, Administrative Functions/Costs. Question 1: May a title IV-E agency... (Read more)

Published Nov 18, 2020

Webinar Recording: Utilizing Casey Family Programs’ Community Opportunity Map to Support Family Resource Centers

This webinar recording from the National Family Support Network provides an overview of Casey Family Programs’ Community Opportunity Map and illustrate how it can be leveraged to support Family Resource... (Read more)

Published Oct 28, 2020

State-level Data for Understanding Child Welfare in the United States

This comprehensive child welfare resource from Child Trends provides state and national data on child maltreatment , foster care , kinship caregiving , and adoption from foster care. The data... (Read more)

Published Oct 28, 2020

Birth Parent National Network Member Corey Best Spotlights the Problem with America’s Child Welfare System

In this blog resource from Family Voices United, Birth Parent National Network Member Corey Best reflects on how racism shows up in child welfare and presents questions that child welfare... (Read more)

Published Oct 28, 2020

Title Resource Type Topic Location Source Published
Every Kid Needs a Family Website Implementation Strategies QRTP / Congregate Care, COVID-19, Courts 11/23/20
Transforming Child Welfare Systems to a 21st Century Model that Strengthens and Supports Families and Communities: Innovations from the Field Implementation Strategies 11/22/20
Child Welfare Policy Manual Q & A: Section 8.6C "Title IV-E Prevention Services Program, Administrative Functions/Costs" Financing, Program Instructions Prevention 11/18/20
Letter from Associate Commissioner Milner reflecting on Roundtables with Young Leaders Constituent Engagement, Guidance COVID-19 11/18/20
Birth Parent National Network Member Corey Best Spotlights the Problem with America’s Child Welfare System Advocacy Tools, Real Story, Constituent Engagement, Guidance Overview / General 10/28/20
State-level Data for Understanding Child Welfare in the United States Data / Research Kinship 10/28/20
Webinar Recording: Utilizing Casey Family Programs’ Community Opportunity Map to Support Family Resource Centers Advocacy Tools, Implementation Strategies Prevention 10/28/20
Understanding Racial Trauma and Institutional Racism to Improve Cultural Responsiveness, Race Equity, and Implicit Bias in Child Welfare Cases Advocacy Tools, Guidance Overview / General 10/27/20
COVID-19 and Child Welfare: Using Data to Understand Trends in Maltreatment and Response Data / Research 10/23/20
Our American States Podcast - State, Federal Policies Aim to Ease Transition Out of Foster Care Real Story, Constituent Engagement COVID-19, Older Youth / Chafee 10/23/20
Implementing the Substance Use Disorder Provisions of the Family First Prevention Services Act Implementation Strategies Prevention 10/23/20
Wisconsin's Family First Website State Teams QRTP / Congregate Care, Prevention, Overview / General 10/23/20
Support for Family-Focused Residential Treatment-Title IV-E and Medicaid Guidance Guidance Overview / General 10/05/20
2020 State of Grandfamilies in America Annual Report: Facing a Pandemic: Grandfamilies Living Together During COVID-19 and Thriving Beyond Presentation/Webinar, Constituent Engagement Kinship 09/30/20
Georgia's Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Plan State Teams, Implementation Strategies Child Fatalities 09/30/20
Maine's Child and Family Services & Family First State Teams Overview / General 09/30/20
Supporting Child, Caregiver and Family Well-Being in Times of Crisis: Strategies to Promote Effective Virtual and Phone Engagement Guidance COVID-19 09/30/20
National Adoption Month 2020 - Engage Youth: Listen and Learn Advocacy Tools 09/24/20
The Guardian: A Quarterly Law Journal Published by NACC Advocacy Tools 09/24/20
Building Communities of Hope: Creating a Better Future For Children & Families in a Time of Crisis Advocacy Tools 09/24/20
Historic Opportunity for Reform in Child Welfare: Youth & Alumni Priorities on Special Populations Real Story, Constituent Engagement, Guidance, Implementation Strategies Prevention, Pregnant & Parenting, Older Youth / Chafee, Juvenile Justice 09/21/20
Supporting Parenting and Expectant Teens in Foster Care Advocacy Tools 09/17/20
Virtual and Remote Workforce Needs Advocacy Tools 09/17/20
Virtual Family Time: Tips for Families Advocacy Tools 09/17/20
Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse: Public Call for Program & Service Recommendations Advocacy Tools Prevention 09/17/20
Racial Equity Impact Assessments Guide Family First Act Planning in Minnesota State Teams, Implementation Strategies Prevention 09/16/20
Education and Skills Training May Ease Transition to Adulthood for Young People Involved in Foster Care Advocacy Tools, Data / Research 09/14/20
West Virginia Families Come First: 5 Year Plan for Title IV-E Prevention Services 2019-2024 Title IV-E Prevention Plan, Implementation Strategies Prevention, Evidence-Based Practice 09/14/20
COIVD-19: Foster Care and Education Advocacy Tools COVID-19 09/11/20
Implications of COVID-19 on the Research and Evaluation Provisions of Family First Advocacy Tools COVID-19 09/08/20
First-of-its-Kind National Partnership Aims to Redesign Child Welfare Into Child- and Family Well-Being Systems Advocacy Tools 09/08/20
Title IV-E Clearinghouse: New Ratings Advocacy Tools 09/04/20
Title IV-E Clearinghouse Programs & Services Planned for Review Advocacy Tools 09/04/20
Leveraging Federal IV-E Funding to Support Child and Parent Representation Advocacy Tools, Financing Courts 09/04/20
Title IV-E Clearinghouse: SafeCare Advocacy Tools 09/04/20
Family First: High Quality Service Standards for Specialized Settings Advocacy Tools 09/02/20
Family First Prevention Plan: The Changing Landscape of Texas Child Welfare Advocacy Tools Prevention 08/31/20
Strategies for Reducing Inequity Advocacy Tools 08/28/20
Child Safety Forward: A National Initiative to Reduce Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities and Injuries Through a Collaborative, Community-Based Approach Advocacy Tools 08/28/20
Young People Need Families: Taking a Hard Look at Government’s Role in Raising Children Advocacy Tools 08/18/20
Creating a Family First Prevention Plan - Washington, D.C. Advocacy Tools Prevention 08/18/20
Family Engagement In Therapeutic Group Homes Advocacy Tools 08/18/20
Family Voices on School Reopening Advocacy Tools COVID-19 08/16/20
Family First: Title IV-E Prevention Plan Implementation Updates, Part 2 Advocacy Tools 08/14/20
Family First: Title IV-E Prevention Plan Implementation Updates, Part 1 Advocacy Tools 08/14/20
Advancing Healthy Outcomes: Eight Ways to Promote the Health and Well-Being of LGBTQ+ Youth Involved with Child Welfare through Families First Advocacy Tools Prevention 08/14/20
Recommendations for Trauma-Informed Care Under the Family First Prevention Services Act Advocacy Tools 08/07/20
Reducing the Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences Advocacy Tools 08/03/20
Congressional Briefing & Interviews: Addressing Disparities in Black, Indigenous & Rural Communities Advocacy Tools 07/30/20
Seeing Beyond COVID-19 Pandemic and Creating Change for Vulnerable Children and Ensuring Safety and Stability for Vulnerable Children and Families Advocacy Tools COVID-19 07/30/20
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