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Resource Program

Vol. 24, No. 1
February 2019

The Family First Prevention Services Act: Key Provisions Related to Preventing Out-of-Home Placement

Family First allows use of title IV-E funds for prevention services so "candidates for foster care" can stay with parents or relatives.

Who is eligible?

  • Candidates for foster care (a child at serious risk of removal as evidenced by the State either pursuing his/her removal from the home or making reasonable efforts to prevent such removal)
  • Pregnant and parenting youth in foster care
  • Birth parents, adoptive parents, relative and non-relative guardians of candidates for foster care
  • Children and families are eligible regardless of income (i.e., no income test)

Reimbursement will be available for:

  • Mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment services (services must be provided by a qualified clinician)
  • In-home parent skill-based programs (must include parenting skills, training, parent education, and individual counseling)
  • Kinship navigator programs

Additional requirements for services:

  • No more than 12 months (per candidate episode)
  • Must meet evidence-based requirements issued by USDHHS
  • Must be trauma-informed
  • Must be provided by a qualified clinician

More on the Family First Prevention Services Act:

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For more on the status of FFPSA implementation in North Carolina as of February 2019, see the introduction to this issue.

References for this and other articles in this issue