Prevention services ensure youth remain with their families when it can be safe to stay.


With adequate support, youth who enter foster care can often remain with their original families. FosterClub firmly believes in prevention as the key to safely keeping youth with their families.

Why it matters

Prevention services encompass mental health care, substance abuse treatment, and in-home parenting programs to prevent youth from entering foster care. FosterClub emphasizes the need for extended services like economic assistance, culturally inclusive support, and continued aid even after child welfare investigations conclude. True family success requires sustained support beyond initial interventions.

Quick Facts

  • Prevention services mitigate maltreatment and its repercussions, such as depression, substance abuse, and developmental delays in youth.
  • Strengthening families through prevention minimizes traumatic removals, leading to better long-term outcomes for youth.
  • Prevention bolsters community economic growth by enhancing a child's prospects for a successful adult career.
  • By decreasing legal costs and breaking cycles of abuse, prevention ensures a safer future for subsequent generations.

”As a new mother who was in foster care there was a fear that I would be at risk of having my baby enter foster care.

— Tamisha, a young person from foster care​​​​​​​

Family First Prevention Services Act

FosterClub supported Lived Experience Leaders to advocate for this law that focussed on prevention. These LEx Leaders penned op-eds, endorsed the act through a "Sign-On Letter," and directly urged Congress on Capitol Hill to pass the legislation promptly.

National Policy Council Recommendations

The Council developed the recommendation set,"Preventing Unnecessary Removal of Children from their Families," outlining priorities developed by young people to educate chidl welfare leaders about how to support keeping families together. 

”If many families who live in poverty were helped more they wouldn't be labeled neglectful and have their children taken from them, many caretakers are wonderful parents but just don't have the right tools, resources and supports in the community. If we were to advocate for families who live in poverty (they just need an extra push and resources) less youth and children would enter the foster care system.”

— Youth in/from Minnesota's foster care system


Blogs on Prevention

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System Change Project Coordinator

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