Family First: Readiness Assessment, Planning, and Implementation
Transforming child welfare to achieve better outcomes for children and families
The Family First Prevention Services Act (Family First) represents the most significant piece of federal child welfare legislation passed in recent history. Chapin Hall is collaborating with jurisdictions and organizations across the country as they assess readiness and plan for Family First implementation and align their child welfare system with the transformational opportunities present in the legislation.
The Chapin Hall suite of tools, readiness assessment, and planning framework provide a phased approach to preparing for successful implementation. We conduct a data-informed exploration of the needs of children and families impacted by the legislation to guide visioning and decision making.
Chapin Hall is a partner with jurisdictions implementing Family First in its initial year, and our experts have a deep understanding of the opportunities, and challenges, within the legislation. Together with child welfare leaders, Chapin Hall experts are facilitating the engagement and meaningful participation of cross-sector stakeholder groups to develop Family First implementation plans.
Chapin Hall is grateful for the support from Casey Family Programs, The Duke Endowment, and our jurisdictional partners as we collectively envision and engage in child welfare system transformation so that families and children can thrive.
Highlights from our Family First Prevention Services Act partnerships:
- Chapin Hall Family First Framework
- Prevention Plan Executive Summary (District of Columbia)
- Presentation on System Transformation and Family First Planning in Maryland at the American Public Human Services Association 2019 Conference
- Family First Provider Readiness Assessment Survey (Kentucky)
- Key Considerations for Family First Implementation (North Carolina)