Family First Prevention Services Act
On February 9, 2018, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 - Public Law (P.L.) 115- 123 which includes the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) was signed into law. The FFPSA amends the Title IV-E foster care program and makes other revisions to the Title IV-B, subparts 1 and 2 programs. The FFPSA will enhance support services for families to help children remain at home and reduce the use of unnecessary congregate care placements by increasing options for prevention services, increased oversight and requirements for placements, and enchasing the requirements for congregate care placement settings. The FFPSA will:
- Support prevention services. The law gives states and tribes the ability to claim federal financial participation for providing eligible individuals with an array of approved foster care prevention services to strengthen families and keep children from entering foster care.
- Provide support for kinship (relative) caregivers through federal funds for evidence-based Kinship Navigator programs that link relative caregivers to a broad range of services and supports to help children remain safely with them.
- Establish new requirements for youth being placed in residential treatment programs and improves quality and oversight of intensive and trauma-based services.
- Requires access to family-based aftercare services to children at least six months post-discharge from STRTPs.
- Improve services to older and transition-age youth. Gives states the ability to provide services to former foster youth, up to age 23, who have aged out of foster care, as well as expanding eligibility requirements to the Education & Training Voucher (ETV) program.
Federal Law and Guidance:
California FFPSA Links and Resources