Family First Prevention Services Act and the Impact on Kentucky Kids
The Family First Prevention Services Act is federal legislation that aims to reduce the number of children being placed in the foster care system. This will be done through funding used for prevention and preservation services including substance abuse and mental and behavioral health services. This is an effort to keep children in their homes. These services are available to:
Children who are identified as candidates for foster care identified in a prevention plan as safe to remain safely at home or in a kinship placement with receipt of services or programs.
Children in foster care who are pregnant or parenting.
The parents or kin caregivers where services are needed to prevent the child’s entry into care.
Funding will also be used so states can keep data on child abuse deaths and any actions that will help prevent deaths in the future. There will be better access to family reunification with federal reimbursement and families can receive continued services up to 15 months after a child returns home.
This act has several more provisions that will be good for abused and neglected children.
We look forward to its implementation. If you would like to receive more information on the Family First Prevention Services Act, contact your supervisor.