In this course, you can expect to learn:
Learning Objectives - In this course you will:
Develop a broader understanding of The Family First Prevention Services Act
Become more familiar with the provisions and changes of the Family First Act, and how they impact children and families
Better understand how the Family First Act helps reform the current Child Welfare System
Step 1 (25 min)
Family First Prevention Services Act Summary (aka Family First) - The Family First Prevention Services Act was passed and signed into law (P.L. 115-123) as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act on February 9, 2018. Read these high-level summaries from the Children Need Amazing Parents Campaign (CHAMPS) and FosterClub, as well as core messaging from familyfirstact.org.
** (Optional) For more technical and detailed information about key Family First Act provisions read this high-level summary courtesy of Casey Family Programs.
Step 2 (Video - 3:01 min)
Family First Act - Our Children Deserve Better - Watch this brief video to hear how the Family First Act will help reform current child welfare policy, and place greater emphasis on prevention. Testimonials provided by foster care alumni, birth parents, group home administrators, and child welfare reform advocates.
Step 3 (10 min)
Family First Act, Part One: Services to Prevent Foster Care - Read the Chronicle of Social Change’s CliffsNotes on Family First’s provisions on prevention services.
Step 4 (10 min)
Family First Act, Part Two: Limiting Support for Congregate Foster Care - Read the Chronicle of Social Change’s CliffsNotes on Family First’s provisions on limiting congregate care.
Step 5 (10 min)
Family First Act, Part Three: Adoption, Foster Home Recruitment, Reunification and More - Read the Chronicle of Social Change’s CliffsNotes on other key Family First child welfare reform provisions.
Step 6 (10 min)
The Family Reunification Deadline Sheds Light On Another Broken System: Foster Care - Read a foster alumni’s account of how the child welfare system not only hastily removed him from his birth family, but how it also failed to reunify them. In addition to providing much needed prevention services, the Family First Act removes the reunification services deadline, thus providing more support for families to reunite.
Step 7 (5 min)
- Join the Discussion in the comments below to answer the following question:
The Family First Act allows states for the first time to utilize federal dollars previously restricted to paying for foster care to also provide prevention services for families with children at risk. Why is prevention (when possible) preferred over other caregiver options (i.e. adoption, congregate care, foster care)?