The Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) embraces Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) implementation as an opportunity to expand the choices and support we provide to children, youth and families. DCYF is committed to increasing families’ access to supportive services prior to formal child welfare involvement. Through Family First, DCYF will create a culture of community participation in child safety and family well-being, thereby reducing the stigma of seeking help.
Family First also enhances DCYF’s ability to find loving, permanent homes for children and youth who must enter foster care, and it provides guidelines for those who need intensive therapeutic environments. Increasing family-centered and trauma-informed approaches to safety, permanency and well-being is at the core of DCYF’s mission to support Washington families, and the department will use Family First resources to further engage communities in growing these critical efforts.