December 11, 2019 Webinar: Leveraging the Family First Prevention Services Act to Improve the Use of Title IV-E Guardianship Assistance Program
A publication release webinar highlighting historic reforms to the child welfare system to better support children, families and relative caregivers as a result of the Family First Prevention Services Act (passed into law February 2018).
Currently, 36 states, the District of Columbia and 11 tribes operate Title IV-E Guardianship Assistance Program (GAP). States and tribes operating a federal Title IV-E GAP can use recent reforms to further strengthen their existing programs to support families. On this webinar you will learn how states and tribes that have not yet taken advantage of the federal Title IV-E Guardian Assistance Program option might favorably consider new opportunities to improve the array of supports to children and their families.
Leveraging the Family First Prevention Services Act to Improve Use of Title IV-E GAP
This second brief in the series developed by the ABA Center on Children and the Law, Casey Family Programs, Children's Defense Fund and Generations United contains an analysis on the impact of this new law on GAP and provides action steps to promote its use for children in relative care. (November 2019).
New Opportunities for Kinship Families: Action Steps to Implement the Family First Prevention Services Act in Your Community
Family First brief developed by ABA Center on Children and the Law, Children's Defense Fund and Generations United that highlights provisions that help kinship families, along with steps caregivers, advocates, and other leaders can take to help implement the Family First Act. Includes a chart comparing services and supports for kin before and after the Family First Act. (December 2018).
February 28, 2019 Generations United Webinar - Improving State and Tribal Foster Family Home Licensing Standards:
Complying with the Family First Prevention Services Act’s Licensing Requirements
Webinar on how and why to comply with mandatory March 31st Family First Act licensing requirements, and the important role grandfamilies’ advocates play in that process. The webinar explores the new national model foster family home licensing standards released by the Children’s Bureau on February 4th, the National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA) model family foster home licensing standards on which the Children Bureau “relied heavily,” and the specific reporting requirements for states and tribes.
This is our collective chance to eliminate unnecessary licensing barriers so more relatives caring for children in foster care can become licensed and receive ongoing monthly financial assistance, supports, and pathways to exit the system with monthly assistance. These model standards address all foster family homes, so addressing unnecessary obstacles will facilitate the licensing of more non-relative foster family homes as well. Cultural considerations for tribes are explored on the webinar, as well as specialized standards for family-based treatment foster care.
National Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards, ACYF-CB-IM-19-01
On February 4, 2019, the Children’s Bureau released final National Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards (National Model), as required by the Family First Prevention Services Act. The Children’s Bureau used the NARA Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards (NARA Model) as the “main source” for its proposed National Model, and then accorded it “considerable deference” in deciding whether to modify the proposed National Model.
FAQ on the National Model Foster Family Home Licensing Standards
Generations United prepared 10 questions and answers concerning this new Model, the NARA Model on which it "relied heavily" and Family First Act reporting requirements (2019).
Considerations for Federal Register Comments on proposed Model National Family Foster Home Licensing Standards
The proposed Model National Family Foster Home Licensing Standards are a requirement of the Family First Prevention Services Act. This resource was developed jointly by National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA), Generations United & American Bar Association (ABA) Center on Children and the Law to assist those who wish to comment on these proposed standards (September 2018).
Family First Prevention Services Act Brief Summary: Implications for Grandfamilies
Detailed summary of the kinship provisions of the Family First Prevention Services Act developed by Generations United adapted from the Children’s Defense Fund’s detailed summary below.
Kin First: Policies to Support Children in Families and Prepare to Meet the Requirements of Family First Prevention Services Act
Kin First document developed by CHAMPS New York to help promote better outcomes for children in foster care and support NY counties in preparing to meet the requirements of FFPSA.
Generations United - March 20, 2018 Webinar on The Family First Prevention Services Act: Implications for Grandfamilies
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Using New Federal Funding Opportunities to Develop Effective Kinship Navigator Programs Webinars
Regional webinars delivered on accessing new federal funding available under the Family First Prevention Services Act for states, tribes and U.S. territories and developing high quality, evidence-based programs. This webinar featured presentations from national experts, local programs, and kinship caregivers. It also includes information about how to develop programs to meet evidence-based standards and highlight opportunities for further technical assistance. Hosted by Generations United as part of a regional webinar series supported by Casey Family Programs.