The landmark bipartisan Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 represented the most significant reform to federal child welfare policy in decades. Family First includes long-overdue historic reforms to help keep children safely with their families and avoid the traumatic experience of entering foster care, emphasizes the importance of children growing up in families, and helps ensure children are placed in the least restrictive, most family-like setting appropriate to their special needs when foster care is needed. Family First calls on states to radically rethink their approach to child protection and family support, and full implementation of the law will be a years-long process. More information on the law and resources for implementation are below, including a question-and-answer-style guide to help ensure full and prompt implementation of the opportunities created by Family First.
Summaries and other information:
Reports and Other Resources:
Support for the Family First Prevention Services Act: