Prevention Services

DCYF Leaders worked with WA state tribes for over a year prior to the submission of the Family First Prevention Services Act plan to identify voluntary prevention services that are embraced by tribal communities, and that could potentially be funded through FFPSA. Based on this feedback, DCYF contracted to complete an evidentiary review of four tribal prevention practices to submit to the Prevention Clearinghouse of EBPs:


Tribes with an approved Title IV-E plan have the option to use Title IV-E funds for prevention services and programs. Health and Human Services (HHS) will specify the requirements applicable to tribes, which will be consistent with state requirements, to the extent possible, but allow for cultural adaptation that best fits the context of the tribal community.

HHS will provide technical assistance and best practices to states and tribes on the prevention services and programs, including planning and implementing a well-designed and rigorous evaluation of promising, supported, or well-supported practices. HHS will evaluate research on promising, supported, and well-supported practices and establish a clearinghouse of these practices and their outcomes. HHS may also collect data and conduct evaluations on the prevention services and programs to assess how these services reduce the likelihood of foster care placement, increase the use of kinship care placements, or improve child well-being.