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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

  • DACA Termination Flouts this Nation’s Promise to Children

    More than a quarter of a million children have at least one parent who is a DACA recipient. Canceling DACA increases the risk of family separation and is in direct contrast to the fundamental promise of the child welfare system that every child should have the opportunity to grow up in a safe, stable and loving family. The Supreme Court must keep this in mind when weighing the arguments it heard yesterday.  

  • Family First Transition Act honors MaryLee Allen

    The passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act (Family First) in February of 2018 represented the first major modernization of the child welfare system in decades and the potential for transformative change.

  • HHS proposed rule will hurt children

    Last Friday, the Trump administration released draft language for a proposed rule that would remove important Obama-era non-discrimination regulations. The rule would reverse a regulation stating that “no person otherwise eligible will be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination,” in any program that was funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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