Family First Prevention Services Act

Multisystemic Therapy Gives New York Family a Second Chance


Multisystemic Therapy Gives New York Family a Second Chance

After struggling to get a psychiatric diagnosis for their teen daughter, a New York family is making progress with multisystemic therapy

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Family First Clearinghouse Announces 18 Programs for Review

The Prevention Services Clearinghouse announced the next set of programs up for review for effectiveness in addressing families' needs without child welfare intervention.

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Family First, Five Years In: Outside Safety Net Services Needed to Prevent Foster Care, Expert Panel Says 

Five years after the Family First Act, experts said the next phase will rely on safety net services outside the child welfare system. 


Supporters, Not Reporters: Preventing Foster Care in California

California and Los Angeles County advance prevention plans to keep more families out of the child welfare system.

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Family First Clearinghouse Approves New Programs

The federal clearinghouse that approves foster care prevention services has okayed five new programs, while rejecting seven models with an evidence base that it assessed as “does not currently meet criteria” for inclusion.

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Report IDs Progress, Problems with Changes to Congregate Care in Family First Act

Barriers persist in reducing use of congregate care under the Family First Prevention Services Act, according to a new report.


    Minnesota Family First Plan Gets Federal Approval

    Minnesota sought approval for just two of the dozens of programs for foster care prevention eligible for federal funds.

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    A Child Welfare New Year’s Resolution: Act with Urgency

    For child welfare to better serve the behavioral health needs of kids in out-of-home care, we need to enact various solutions.

    Pregnant women struggling with addiction need early and effective paths to sobriety. This would both decrease the effects of drug exposure in the infants and decrease the likelihood of foster care by giving moms a longer runway for recovery


    We Can Reduce the Need for Special Education through Better Drug Treatment

    Pregnant women struggling with drug addiction need early and effective paths to sobriety, writes Darcy Olsen.