All-Star Guest Writes for Chronicles of Social Change
2016 FosterClub All-Star, Brittney Barros, was asked to write about the Family First Prevention Services Act. There has been a lot of conversations surrounding this historical piece of child welfare legislation and All-Stars have been highly engaged. Brittney expands on her thoughts regarding the Family First Act in her article, Youth View Family First Act as an Opportunity to Strengthen Families.
From Chronicles of Social Change:
The Family First Act is a hot topic within the foster care community and has caught the attention of advocates nationwide.
Under the bill, federal funding for child welfare (known as Title IV) will be allowed to be used for prevention services such as family counseling, rehab for parents struggling with addiction, etc., to reduce instances of taking children into state custody. This bill will also “right-size group homes” by limited federal funding for congregate care if the group home cannot provide valid reasoning for children staying in their custody after a certain period of time.
This will push states to put more efforts into foster parent recruitment and keep young people in foster care in a family setting instead of in locked down facilities.