The proposed legislation aims at improving permanency for young people. This includes - whenever possible - helping families stay together so that children don’t have to experience the heartache of entering foster care. For those young people who DO need foster care services, the legislation would ensure children are not placed in congregate care and group homes (institutions who have staff instead of parents) for long periods of time, unless there is proof that the child needs special services (like medical attention or extra mental health support). The Family First Act is proposed federal legislation that would significantly change the foster care system.
The United States Senate is considering introducing this legislation, but they need your help... they want to hear directly from young people who have experienced foster care.