Family First Prevention Services Act

On February 9, 2018, the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), was signed into law with a goal to enhance public child welfare agencies, while creating new opportunities for states to receive federal funding for early intervention and prevention services.  The new legislation will also implement changes to the structure of Title IV-E funding, the primary funding stream for child welfare activities and requires agencies to comply with new procedures and protocols.

The Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) will continuously work to address each of these new requirements, which intend to strengthen families and reduce unnecessary family disruption. These will be ongoing and require an overhaul in agency’s policies over a period of years.

FFPSA Updates

October 1, 2018 - the Children’s Bureau (CB) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services provided an update on federal efforts to implement FFPSA. The update includes information about major efforts the CB has made to date, and will be making in the future, in support of states and tribes to ensure that the FFPSA is implemented in ways that best serve children and families.

Upcoming Events

There are no scheduled events at this time. Check back later for updates.

Past Events

Family First Prevention Services Act Community Meetings
  • Dec.18 | Pierce County - Bates Technical College
  • Dec. 10 |  South King County - Green River College
  • Nov. 26 | Spokane - The Historic Davenport, Autograph Collection
  • Nov. 8 | Yakima - Yakima Convention Center   

Materials:  PowerPoint | Community Feedback

Model Licensing Standards for Foster Family Homes

March 28, 2019

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Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) - Stakeholder Webinar-20190108 2203-1

January 8, 2019 

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How FFPSA will Impact Congregate Care in Washington

October 16, 2018
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Family First Prevention Services Act Implementation

September 28, 2018
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