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 >

ACYF-CB-IM-21-06: Utilizing Title IV-E Funding to Support High Quality Legal Representation

The purpose of this IM is to urge all state and tribal title IV-E agencies, courts, administrative offices of the courts, and Court Improvement Programs to work together to ensure... (Read more)

Published Jan 14, 2021

ACYF-CB-IM-21-05: NEW LEGISLATION – Public Law (P.L.) 116-260

This IM is to inform title IV-B and IV-E agencies and State and Tribal Court Improvement Programs of the enactment of Division X and Section 305 of Title III of... (Read more)

Published Jan 13, 2021

ACYF-CB-IM-21-04: Clarification on Family First Services and Cultural Adaptation for Tribes

The purpose of the Information Memorandum is to clarify how allowable adaptations to evidence-based programs and services that have been rated by the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse can be... (Read more)

Published Jan 13, 2021

ACYF-CB-IM-21-03: Emerging Transformed, Lessons from COVID-19 Pandemic

The purpose of this information memorandum (IM) is to share lessons learned from the pandemic and highlight strategies and opportunities for child and family serving agencies, organizations, and entities to... (Read more)

Published Jan 12, 2021

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

The purpose of this information memorandum (IM) is to highlight the importance of civil legal advocacy in advancing child and family well-being; addressing the social determinants of health; enhancing community... (Read more)

Published Jan 12, 2021

ACYF-CB-IM-21-01: Achieving Permanency for the Well-Being of Children and Youth

The purpose of this Information Memorandum (IM) is to provide information on best practices, resources,and recommendations for achieving permanency for children and youth in a way that prioritizes the child’s... (Read more)

Published Jan 5, 2021

Chapin Hall Builds National Understanding of Pandemic’s Impact on Families

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many aspects of our lives, including work, education, childcare, health, finances and contact with family and friends. It has also affected child welfare system and... (Read more)

Published Dec 21, 2020

Title Resource Type Topic Location Source Published
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
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
Chapin Hall Builds National Understanding of Pandemic’s Impact on Families Data / Research, Guidance COVID-19 12/21/20
A Guide for the Legal Community: The Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 Constituent Engagement, Guidance Courts 12/21/20
Redefining Judicial Leadership: Stories of Transformative Practice State Teams Courts 12/11/20
Grandfamilies Share Stories of COVID-19 Hardships and Hope Real Story Kinship 12/06/20
Letter to the Field from Assoc. Commissioner Jerry Milner: Ensuring the Continuation of Critical Court Hearings Guidance Courts 12/04/20
Support for kinship care is an investment that can benefit families and children Advocacy Tools, Opinion, Real Story Kinship 12/04/20
Webinar Recording: Parents and Caregivers: A Community-based Multidisciplinary Approach to Strengthening Families Presentation/Webinar, Constituent Engagement, Implementation Strategies Prevention 12/01/20
Every Kid Needs a Family Website Implementation Strategies QRTP / Congregate Care, COVID-19, Courts 11/23/20
Considerations for Scaling Evidence-Based Prevention Programs under the Family First Prevention Services Act Title IV-E Prevention Plan, Data / Research, Implementation Strategies Prevention 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
Letter to Child Welfare Leaders: IV-E Prevention Program Stafford Act flexibilities Program Instructions, Title IV-E Prevention Plan, Implementation Strategies Prevention, COVID-19 11/20/20
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
Webinar Recording: DC Families First Family Success Center Initiative: Advancing Equity and Transforming Child Welfare Presentation/Webinar Prevention 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
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