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.
Family First Clearinghouse Approves Five New Programs
The clearinghouse that greenlights foster care prevention services approved five new programs that states can finance by drawing down federal funds aimed at lessening the use of foster care.
ACF Launches New Office Dedicated to Preventing Domestic Violence
The Administration of Children and Families has launched a new office aimed at addressing domestic violence.
Taking Prevention Upstream Inside Child Welfare Systems
Child welfare agencies can and should move their efforts further upstream, stopping the traumatic and harmful sorting through families that currently happens at their front door. That is the highest and best outcome that could result from any of the reform work emanating from inside child welfare systems — changing how they work with families at their front door.
Eight New Programs Approved, Ten Rejected By Family First Act Clearinghouse
he federal clearinghouse that approves foster care prevention services has cleared eight new programs, including a Utah program aimed at instilling confidence and communications skills in parents and another parenting program designed for Black parents.
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.
Three Conversations Every Child Welfare System Should Have to Start 2022
Paul DiLorenzo describes three conversations that child welfare leaders in every state should be having as 2022 begins.
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.
Family Enrichment Centers Show Early Promise in New York City, Evaluation Reports
New York City’s child welfare agency launched a bold small experiment in 2018: Three new community rooms deep in the city’s most under-resourced neighborhoods would offer comfy, staffed spaces for families to seek no-strings-attached advice and support, computer access, meeting space or children’s playtime, all at no cost.