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Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA)


The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) was passed and signed into law as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act on February 9, 2018. Key provisions of the act reform the federal child welfare financial streams by redirecting funds to provide prevention services to families and limiting funds to residential group care. Under traditional Title IV-E requirements, the Title IV-E child welfare dollars were only available once a child was removed from their home. The law now expands the use of these child welfare dollars to provide evidence-based prevention services to children and their families who are imminent risk of entering foster care. Additionally, the new law made changes to what types of out-of-home placements would be eligible for child welfare dollars, focusing on placements in family foster care homes. States may opt to delay implementation of select provisions of the act. (Florida has opted for the delayed effective date.)

Informational Webinars

Family First Prevention Services Act Workshop (April 2021)

Family First Prevention Services Act Workshop Guide (April 2021)

Family First Prevention Services Act (January 2021)

Florida’s Planning and Implementation of FFPSA (8/28/2020)
Webinar Recording
PowerPoint Slides
FFPSA Webinar Questions and Answers (8/28/2020)

Family First Prevention Services Act and Florida's Child Welfare Group Home Providers (8/28/2020)
Webinar Recording
PowerPoint Slides
FFPSA Webinar Questions and Answers (8/28/2020)

The Family First Prevention Services Act Briefing (4/6/18)

Related Documents and Resources

Comprehensive Placement Assessment for Levels of Care (CF-FSP 5438)

Family First Planning & Readiness Toolkit (Chaplin Hall)

Casey Family Programs FFPSA Highlights

Children’s Defense Fund FFPSA Detailed Summary

Children’s Defense Fund FFPSA Timeline

CMS QRTPs and SMI-SED Technical Assistance (9/20/2019)

Evidence-Based Programs Florida Comments

HHS Approval Letter of Florida FFPSA Implementation Delay

Model Licensing Standards Florida Comments

Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability – Florida FFPSA Implementation Report

Statewide FFPSA Group Care Forums Summary (May, 2019)

Statewide Group Care Survey Results (April, 2019)

Who is impacted by Child-Caring Agency changes FFPSA Highlights (June 2020)

Federal Legislation and Guidance

Social Security Act Child Welfare Compilation

ACYF CB IM 18 02 FFPSA Basic Info

ACYF CB PI 18 05 Kinship Navigator Program

ACYF CB PI 18 07 FFPSA Implementation

ACYF CB PI 18 09 Title IV-E Prevention Services

ACYF CB PI 18 11 Title IV-E Kinship Navigator Program

Federal Register Vol 83 No 148 Model Licensing Standards

Mr. Jerry Milner Testimony July 2018

FFPSA Hearing Letter Sept 2018

Child Welfare Community Letter October 2018

To view other federal issuances, go to https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/laws-policies/program-instructions