Family First Act in Montana
The Family First Prevention Services Act will restructure many aspects of existing child welfare systems. In particular, it will allow states to use federal funds to pay for prevention services to keep children safely with families and out of foster care. In the past, this funding could only be used after a child was in foster care. Now services can be provided to children and families to prevent the need for foster care.
The new law also creates federal standards for congregate care providers to help ensure children are safe, receive appropriate treatment, and stay connected to their families while in group home placements. October 2021 marks the federal deadline for all states to implement the Family First Act. Implementing the Family First Act in Montana will take place with input from many stakeholders, including former and current foster youth, foster families, child welfare providers, tribal governments, local lawmakers, state officials and other community partners.
Welcome to the Family First Act Blog
Jeff Folsom, our Director of Policy, has been studying the development and the details of the Family First Act since it became law. He will use this blog to report news, share resources, and pose important questions as we in Montana take steps to adopt Family First requirements. Subscribe to the Family First blog.
New Policy Brief Quick links to plans and prep documents in other states
Implementing the Family First Prevention Services Act Technical assistance from Children's Defense Fund & partners
FamilyFirstAct.org Wide range of information on the act
Children's Defense Fund Summaries, timelines, and full text of the act
National Conference of State Legislatures Summary of the act's history and requirements
Chronicle of Social Change "CliffsNotes" guides to the provisions of the act
Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse List of approved prevention services