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Family First

Family First allows Pennsylvania to use federal funding to help children safely stay with their parents or relatives and out of the foster care system.

Prevention & Treatment Services:

Mental health prevention and treatment 

Substance use prevention and treatment

In-home parenting skill-based programs

Resources for caregivers

Resources for youth transitioning to adulthood

Enhanced standards for kids in residential facilities

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The Family First Prevention Services Act (Family First) was signed into law in February 2018 by amending Titles IV-B and IV-E of the Social Security Act.

Family First is comprised of 11 provisions. Out of the 11 provisions, the two that have the most impact in Pennsylvania are the optional Title IV-E Prevention Program (implemented on October 1, 2021) and the required limitation on Title IV-E foster care maintenance payments for placements that are not foster family homes (imposed on October 1, 2021). 

Requirements and funding opportunities from the Family First Prevention Services Act are being successfully implemented into current child welfare practice and are being used as a catalyst to better support families and improve the array of services available to them across the Commonwealth.

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The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS), which is in part comprised of the Office of Children, Youth, and Families (OCYF) complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

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Pennsylvania’s Family First Vision Statement

​In Pennsylvania, we are enhancing our child maltreatment prevention efforts and strengthening families. This will be accomplished through partnerships and empowering families and communities to build supports that enhance the safety of children and youth. 

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Key Provisions

Pennsylvania implementation on key Family First Prevention Services Act's  provisions:

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