Last year, Congress passed the Family First Prevention Services Act (Family First), landmark legislation that transforms the way the Federal government funds child welfare services. The legislation focuses on preventing as many children as possible from being removed from their homes, and where necessary, placing children in foster family homes or in quality group settings designed to meet the specific needs of the child.
States need additional resources to ensure a seamless transition to Family First so that children and families in all jurisdictions are able to maximize the full potential of the law. On May 1, 2019, Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Michael Bennett (D-CO) and Representative Karen Bass (D-CA) introduced the Family First Transition and Support Act, that would eliminate barriers to providing child welfare services for children and youth in need and provide additional resources to assist states, tribes, and territories in implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act.
WE ASK THAT YOU WILL URGE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO ENDORSE THE FAMILY FIRST TRANSITION AND SUPPORT ACT.
Shaquita Ogletree and John Sciamanna
CWLA's Public Policy Team