Family First Prevention Services Act

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The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) is the most sweeping federal legislation to impact child welfare funding in over 30 years. The Act, which passed in February 2018, allows states to use existing child welfare federal funds in new ways. It also contains several provisions aimed at improving outcomes for children and families receiving child welfare services. This article

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Family First Prevention Services Act
Historic Reforms to Child Welfare System Will Improve Outcomes for Children

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by the Children’s Defense Fund • 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,

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Self-care for Relative Caregivers: One Family’s Story
by Tonia Jacobs Deese

If you are caring for a loved one’s child due to abuse or neglect, our child welfare system relies on you. One in four children in foster care in North Carolina are in “kinship placements,” which typically means a county department of social services has legal custody of the child, but the child lives with a relative (Duncan, 2014). Benefits

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“Self-care” CFT Meetings for Resource Parents
by Billy Poindexter

In this issue we’ve talked a lot about the stress that can come with being a foster, kinship, or adoptive parent, and about how important self-care is for resource parents. Although a lot of good strategies have been suggested, I’d like to talk to you about one you may not have considered or even heard of: a “self-care” child and

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