The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) was signed into law on Feb. 9, 2018, to create new opportunities for states to receive federal reimbursements for services that aid in strengthening families so children can safely remain with their parents and caregivers. Family First also focuses on improving the well-being of children and their families already experiencing DCYF involvement.
DCYF embraces Family First and will increase families’ access to supportive services. Through Family First, DCYF will create a culture of community participation in child safety and family well-being, with the intention of 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. Applying family-centered and trauma-informed approaches to safety, permanency, and well-being are at the core of DCYF’s mission. DCYF will use Family First resources to further engage communities in growing their connections to all families.