Family First Prevention Services Act
The Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 was signed into law in February 2018 (P.L. 115-123). This law provides opportunities for states and tribes to better serve children and families by preventing the need for foster care and supporting better outcomes for children in care. Explore these resources to learn more.
This collaborative site is a resource database compiled by partner organizations, including Casey Family Programs, and administered by FosterClub.
Casey Family Programs resources
Questions from the field
These Casey Family Programs publications provide information about relevant practices, approaches and research that are related to issues addressed by the Family First Prevention Services Act.
- If I knew then what I know now: Seven strategies to reduce child abuse and neglect fatalities (Strategy Brief by David Sanders)
- How are Ohio Children’s Hospitals identifying sentinel injuries to reduce child fatalities?
- Can child maltreatment be prevented through universal home visiting for newborns and their families?
- How did NYC implement the Safe Sleep Initiative to reduce child fatalities?
- How should we handle hotline calls for our most vulnerable – infants and toddlers?
- Are home visiting programs effective in reducing child maltreatment?
- Which home visiting programs are effective in reducing child maltreatment?
- Do prior maltreatment reports serve as a risk factor for child fatalities?
- How can Medicaid services and plans address vulnerable children’s health care needs? (Webinar Series)
- What are some of the foundational elements, strategies and opportunities for child welfare financing? (Webinar Series)
- How can jurisdictions ensure consistent health care access for children and youth in foster care?
- What are promising practices for using Medicaid State Plan Amendments and waivers to address the needs of children and youth in foster care?
- How can Medicaid support the treatment costs for youth in residential programs?
- How can Medicaid-funded services support children, youth, and families involved with child protection?
- Are there resources that can help us think more strategically about financing child welfare services?
- How did Allegheny County advance a kin-first approach? (Q&A with Marc Cherna)
- What are kinship navigator programs?
- How have some states developed and funded kinship navigator programs?
- How can an effective border agreement support timely placement with kin?
- Is Project KEEP a meaningful support for resource parents?
- How can we prioritize kin in the home study and licensure process, and make placement with relatives the norm?
- How did A Second Chance, Inc. transform kinship care in Allegheny County?
- Why should child protection agencies adopt a kin-first approach?
- What is the impact of Title IV-E waiver kinship supports intervention?
- How can kinship navigation services support family resource needs?
- Do place-based programs, such as Family Resource Centers, reduce risk of child maltreatment and entry into foster care?
- Do place-based programs, such as Family Resource Centers, reduce risk of child maltreatment and entry into foster care? (APPENDIX)
- How do parent partner programs instill hope and support prevention and reunification?
- How do parent partner programs instill hope and support prevention and reunification? (APPENDIX)
- What do we know about crisis nurseries?
- What does Family First mean for families and for child welfare systems? (Q&A with BJ Walker)
- How does Circles of Support help keep children safe at home?
- How have agencies moved from evidence to action? An exploration of evidence-based practice implementation in New York City and Ohio to support preparation for Family First
- Executive Summary: Catalogue of Interventions with Special Relevance for the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA)
- How are agencies gearing up for Family First? (Webinar with Iowa and Virginia)
- What opportunities exist for jurisdictions to provide feedback on Family First’s Clearinghouse for Evidence-Based Practices? (Webinar)
- What is New Jersey’s Mobile Response and Stabilization Services intervention?
- What are some examples of evidence-informed practices to keep children safe and promote permanency?
- How do we find the right fit when selecting an evidence based program?
- How is Family Connects providing every infant in Travis County, Texas, a healthy start to life?
- How does Children’s Village keep New York City children safe with their families and connected to their communities?
- Upstream investment in children and families pays off
- How does one Family Resource Center keep families “Safe & Sound”?
- How does Children’s Village reflect the components of a Qualified Residential Treatment Program?
- How can we ensure a child’s first placement is with family?
- How did Virginia safely reduce the number of children in congregate care?
- How did New Jersey safely reduce the number of children in congregate care?
- What are some potential strategies for reducing reliance on congregate care?
- Are youth placed in congregate care settings more at risk of future commercial sexual exploitation?
- What are the outcomes for youth placed in congregate care settings?
- Can we re-envision residential care?
- How can family-based residential treatment programs help reduce substance use and improve child welfare outcomes?
- How does Native American Connections’ Patina Wellness Center help parents in treatment and recovery stay with their children?
- What is Connecticut’s Family-Based Recovery Program?
- How did Connecticut expand Family-Based Recovery using a social impact bond?
- What is the impact of substance abuse on child welfare?
- What is Ohio START (Sobriety, Treatment, and Reducing Trauma)?
- What are some of the strategies being used to reunite families with substance use disorders?
Additional Casey Family Programs resources
- On the Pathway of Hope, 2019 signature report
- Moving Hope Forward, 2018 signature report
- The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act
- Moving Hope Forward: A briefing on the Family First Prevention Services Act
- Dr. William C. Bell statement on the Family First Prevention Services Act
- Dr. William C. Bell testifies on importance of fathers, Family First
- State-by-state data