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 >

Webinar Recording: Parents and Caregivers: A Community-based Multidisciplinary Approach to Strengthening Families

In this webinar from the American Bar Association's Center on Children and the Law, Birth Parent National Network leaders and lawyers who work as part of interdisciplinary legal representation teams... (Read more)

Published Dec 1, 2020

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

Considerations for Scaling Evidence-Based Prevention Programs under the Family First Prevention Services Act

This resource from Child Trends outlines lessons learned in jurisdictions such as New York City that were early adopters of evidence-based prevention services. This brief includes details of two evidence-based... (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 to Child Welfare Leaders: IV-E Prevention Program Stafford Act flexibilities

This letter from Associate Commissioner Jerry Milner to child welfare leaders addresses flexibility related to the title IV-E prevention program, allowing programs and services to be adapted to a virtual... (Read more)

Published Nov 20, 2020

Webinar Recording: DC Families First Family Success Center Initiative: Advancing Equity and Transforming Child Welfare

This webinar from the National Family Support Network provides an overview of the DC Families First Family Success Center Initiative. ​Presenters: Brenda Donald, Director, DC Child and Family Services Octavia... (Read more)

Published Nov 18, 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

Title Resource Type Topic Location Source Published
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
Technical Bulletin: Independent Legal Representation Advocacy Tools 07/30/20
Systemic Approaches to Addressing Child and Family Trauma are Key to Fully Leveraging Family First Advocacy Tools Prevention 07/30/20
Guidance for Children and Families Involved with the Child Welfare System During the COVID-19 Pandemic Guidance COVID-19 07/30/20
The State of Prevention: Family First Act and Early Childhood Prevention Programs Advocacy Tools Prevention 07/29/20
Racial Equity Toolkit Featuring African American Grandfamilies Advocacy Tools 07/24/20
Racial Equity Toolkit Featuring American Indian and Alaskan Native Grandfamilies Advocacy Tools 07/24/20
Using Media Effectively with Young Children & Virtual Visitation Advocacy Tools 07/24/20
Ethical Casework Practice Advocacy Tools 07/24/20
Virtual Visitation: Guidelines Guidance & Resources to Support Virtual Parenting Time Advocacy Tools 07/24/20
Coordinating Prevention Services in the Community Advocacy Tools Prevention 07/17/20
Achieving and Maintaining Permanency Advocacy Tools 07/17/20
COVID-19 Resources Advocacy Tools 07/17/20
Family Engagement Inventory Advocacy Tools 07/17/20
Fiscal Analysis for Family First: Guide and Tools Advocacy Tools Prevention 07/13/20
Town Hall Meeting on the Future of Child Welfare Advocacy Tools 07/13/20
Affirming and Nurturing Racial Identity and Equality in Children Advocacy Tools 07/13/20
Family First Evidence & Child Welfare Webinar Resources Advocacy Tools 07/10/20
Share Your Perspective: As states move towards reopening, what supports would help you and your family make that transition most successful? Advocacy Tools 07/10/20
How the Child Welfare System Works Advocacy Tools 07/10/20
New Tools to Build Birth and Foster Parent Relationships Advocacy Tools 07/10/20
Webinar Recording & Recap: A Historic Opportunity to Reform the Child Welfare System: Youth & Alumni Priorities on Quality Residential Services Advocacy Tools QRTP / Congregate Care 07/07/20
Youth Justice and the Family First Advocacy Tools 06/30/20
Virginia Department of Social Services & Family First Advocacy Tools Prevention 06/30/20
Washington State DCYF Practice Improvement and Family First Advocacy Tools Prevention 06/29/20
NCCD and Family First Advocacy Tools Prevention 06/29/20
Listings and Clearinghouses Advocacy Tools Evidence-Based Practice 06/29/20
FCT approved for IV-E Prevention Services under Family First Advocacy Tools Prevention 06/29/20
Multi-State Overview of the Interventions that States Plan to Include in Their Family First Prevention Plans Advocacy Tools 06/28/20
Partnering in Practice Advocacy Tools 06/26/20
Executive Order on Strengthening the Child Welfare System for America’s Children Law / Summary 06/23/20
Resources to Support Children’s Emotional Well-Being Amid Anti-Black Racism, Racial Violence, and Trauma Advocacy Tools 06/22/20
Letter from Dr. Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of Children's Bureau to state and tribal child welfare leaders Advocacy Tools COVID-19 06/22/20
2020 Kids Count Data Book: 2020 State Trends in Child Well-Being Advocacy Tools 06/21/20
A Podcast: A Guide to Implementing Family First Implementation Strategies Prevention 06/19/20
Addressing the decline in child abuse reports and supporting child well-being Advocacy Tools COVID-19 06/15/20
Op-ed on 21st century child and family well being systems Advocacy Tools Overview / General 06/14/20
Parent Voice Advocacy Tools 06/12/20
Family Is Essential Advocacy Tools, Opinion 06/11/20
Child Welfare Worker Safety in the Time of COVID: CDC Recommendations for In-Person Interactions with Families Advocacy Tools COVID-19 06/10/20