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Stay updated on recent work to give every child a safe start.

A Historic Win: Family First Preservation Services Act

On February 9, 2018, President Trump signed into law the landmark bipartisan Family First Prevention Services Act, as part of Division E in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (H.R. 1892). Family First includes long-overdue historic reforms to help keep children safely with their families and avoid the traumatic experience of entering foster care, emphasizes the importance of children growing up in families and helps ensure children are placed in the least restrictive, most family-like setting appropriate to their special needs when foster care is needed.

Recent Blogs

  • Schools’ Misuse of Child Welfare System Puts Children at Risk

    Coordination and partnership between school systems and child welfare systems is essential. Teachers, who in most states are mandatory reporters, often serve as the frontline when it comes to identifying children in their classrooms who might be suffering from abuse or neglect and filing reports with their local child welfare agencies. As a result, educators and other school staff make up the largest percentage of abuse and neglect reports, and protect countless children every year by. But recently we’ve seen several troubling cases of schools misusing—and thus endangering—this important relationship.

  • Implementing the Family First Prevention Services Act

    In February 2018, after many years of attempts, the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 was signed into law. Implemented properly, this landmark law has the potential to change the face of child welfare as we know it.

  • Bipartisan House Bill will keep Youth Leaving Foster Care from Homelessness

    As many as one third of the roughly 20,000 youth who age out of foster care each year experience homelessness in the years after emancipation despite being eligible for a special category of housing vouchers, but a new bill aims to fix that.

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