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Family First Clearinghouse Rejects Several Programs, Adds Three New Ones

The Family First Act clearinghouse has added three new foster care prevention models to its list and rejected several others.

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UPDATED: Biden Team Seeks More Input on Family First Act Process

The Biden administration has released an updated version of the process for vetting foster care prevention services, and is seeking public comment through November 24.  The Handbook of Standards and Procedures, Version 2.0 is presently in draft status and would update the process and procedures for the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse, which was created after the passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act in 2018.

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Executive Order Pledges Better Support for LGBTQ Youth


Biden Proposes Major Spending Shifts to Prioritize Kin, Foster Care Prevention

President Joe Biden released a budget proposal that included funds to prioritize kinship caregivers and prevent removals from foster care.

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Family First Clearinghouse


First Kinship Support Model Gains Approval by Family First Clearinghouse

After three years, a kinship navigator model has finally gained approval from the clearinghouse for Family First Act services


Do Not Diminish the Importance of Small Beginnings

Paul DiLorenzo laments that fact that tremendous community innovations in child welfare is not a focal point of efforts to reform the system

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Moving Child Welfare from A Reaction to A Response

One benefit of an extended career in child welfare settings is that you begin to understand the concept of capacity. I’m not offering this as sage advice or cynical wisdom, nor as a pup social worker who is naïve and imagines that every family and every system can be set on the right track. 

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    Family First Act’s Standards Are Not Culturally Inclusive

    Child welfare philanthropic and policy organizations across the country have started to make investments to address racial disparity and disproportionality. Some of these investments include disaggregating data by race, policy and practice reviews, and community engagement.

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    State Watchdog Says Nebraska Should Break Contract for Case Management


    Nebraska’s Foster Care Prevention Plan Approved by Feds

    Nebraska is about to greatly enhance its prevention aimed at building up families and curbing the state’s use of foster care. The state announced last week that the federal government has approved its plan to implement the Family First Prevention Services Act, a move that will allow Nebraska to tap into more money and services for families and children.


    Use Federal Child Welfare Funds to Prevent Family Housing Crises

    The economic shutdowns, imposed by the government in an effort to keep Americans safe, have levied severe financial stress upon families. According to a study by Columbia University, an additional 8 million households have plunged into poverty.