As of Oct. 1, 2019, states have the option to use Title IV-E funds for prevention services for eligible children at risk of foster care placement and their families, based on a federally approved Prevention Services Plan.

Over the last year, DCYF partnered with communities and stakeholders to build a comprehensive plan that helps children and families who are at risk of entering foster care receive enhanced support in areas such as in-home skill-based programs and services, mental health services and substance abuse prevention and treatment. 

On Dec. 20, 2019, DCYF submitted the Prevention Plan to the federal Children’s Bureau to implement the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA). Washington is one of a small handful of states to do so. 

The plan must be approved by the Children’s Bureau before we can access the Title IV-E funds. As of early February 2020, we have not yet received feedback from the federal government on our plan. 

DCYF started planning for implementation and working to secure funding to support implementation. Multiple workgroups will be developed to focus on developing project plans. These workgroups will include staff from across DCYF, providers, tribes, external partners and stakeholders. Partnership across systems will be critical to bring this to life in Washington. 

DCYF FFPSA Prevention Plan

FFPSA Prevention Plan

What is DCYF’s commitment?

In line with the new legislation, the goal of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) continues to be prevention and early intervention. FFPSA is an important tool to accomplish prevention that is at the heart of our mission, but it is not the sum total of our prevention work.

DCYF Prevention Framework

  • Prevention can occur all along the DCYF continuum of services
  • DCYF engages in primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention
  • Prevention occurs at multiple levels – individual, family, community
  • Prevention efforts should be informed by the voices of children, youth, and families
  • Informed by data and evidence
  • Prevention can address disparities and disproportionalities
  • Early learning is prevention
  • DCYF endorses the Children’s Bureau vision for child welfare: “Strategies to Strengthen Families

DCYF is committed to continuing to work with our external partners on developing robust and comprehensive prevention strategies that support children, youth, families and our communities.

Community Input


FFPSA Community Meeting Notes

FFPSA PowerPoint

FFPSA Round 2 Community Input


FFPSA Prevention Plan Update

December 6, 2019
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FFPSA Prevention Plan - Community Input Session

July 30, 2019
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FFPSA Prevention Plan Presentation

Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) - Stakeholder Webinar

January 8, 2019 
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Family First Prevention Services Act Implementation

September 28, 2018
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