Signed into law in February 2018, the Family First Prevention Services Act (Family First) is the most significant child welfare legislation in decades. While there have been a few early adopters of Family First, most jurisdictions have opted to delay, with implementations scheduled in 2021.
To support Family First implementation, Congress recently passed the Family First Transition Act (FFTA) which authorized $500 million for transition grants.
This issue brief summarizes the funding opportunity for states, challenges associated with Family First implementation, and potential ways to use FFTA funds. Family First is an unprecedented opportunity to move upstream in preventing child abuse and neglect.