The Family First Prevention Services Act has become law. It includes the biggest change to the structure of federal child welfare finance since the establishment of the Title IV-E entitlement in 1980.
The Family First Act is aimed at amending the IV-E entitlement to provide more federal resources to help families in crisis stay together, and limit federal funds for putting foster youth into congregate care placements, including group homes. The law includes several other child welfare-related updates to federal policy.
So what is actually in this thing? Youth Services Insider pored over all 103 pages of the law. Here is a complete, three-part breakdown of its two major sections and all of the additional provisions inside Family First.
CliffsNotes on Family First Act, Part One: Services to Prevent Foster Care
CliffsNotes on Family First Act, Part Two: Limiting Support for Congregate Foster Care
CliffsNotes on Family First Act, Part Three: Adoption, Foster Home Recruitment, Reunification and More