A Look at the Family First Prevention Services Passed by Congress

February 28, 2018

On February 9, 2018, President Trump signed into law the landmark bipartisan Family First Prevention Services Act, as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. The Children's Defense Fund looks at what's in the bill and what it means for families, children and young people.

In short: Family First includes long-overdue historic reforms to help keep children safely with their families and avoid the traumatic experience of entering foster care, emphasizes the importance of children growing up in families and helps ensure children are placed in the least restrictive, most family-like setting appropriate to their special needs when foster care is needed.

Family First also offers new supports for preventing and treating families struggling with substance use disorders, including increased support for grandparents and other relatives who have reached out to care for children, regional partnerships to bring systems together to benefit children, and funding to help children be placed in treatment programs with their parents.

Learn More on CDF's Policy Page


Full link: Family First Prevention Services Policy Overview (CDF)