Dr. William C. Bell testifies on Family First Prevention Services Act, other family supports

Casey Family Programs President and CEO Dr. William C. Bell spoke about the need for continued work to transform the child protection system into one that supports child and family well-being.

“Families across this country are struggling with the overwhelming stress, setbacks and heartache caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated impact on our shared economic prosperity,” he said in testimony May 12, 2021, to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Worker and Family Support.

“After decades of directing the vast majority of federal child welfare funding toward removing children from their homes,  the historic passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 has focused critical resources on strengthening families through up-front prevention services and prioritizing children growing up in safe, nurturing family-based settings.

“Today’s hearing continues this life-changing progress for children by focusing on how we can best continue this critical work of transformation in child protection. … Strengthening families together, not breaking them apart, is key to helping families thrive and ensuring the safety of children.”

Dr. Bell’s remarks begin at 21:15 in the video and continue throughout in response to member questions.