The Family First Act underscores the importance of children growing up in families and seeks to avoid the traumatic experience of children being separated from their families and entering foster care. Specifically, funding is available for trauma informed, evidence-based, foster care prevention services within the following categories:
Learn more about the services eligible for Family First funding in Virginia’s Title IV-E Prevention Services Plan.
Family First aims to improve the well-being of children already in foster care by incentivizing states to reduce placement of children in non-family based placements, and instead place children in the least restrictive, most family-like setting appropriate to their individual needs. For an overview of Family First Foster Care requirements, please click here.
VDSS launches an exciting opportunity to expand the evidence based service (EBS) array in the Commonwealth in order to meet the needs of Virginia’s families. A Request for Applications (RFA) is available for providers to apply to receive training in specific EBS models... Read More
Family First funding is expected to be available July 1, 2021 for the provision of evidence-based programs. Fiscal changes related to payments for youth in foster care is also expected to begin on July 1, 2021... Read More
The final Three Branch Team meeting took place on December 14, 2020. The team convened to discuss the extension of the Family First implementation date, due to unexpected delays and the Covid Pandemic... Read More
The VDSS overarching mission that kids should grow up in a safe, stable and secure family that supports their long-term well-being.
Children do best in families and families do best in strong, supportive communities. Family First ensures a family first for children and teens by providing prevention services to keep children safe and families together.
This program is the largest investment in the child welfare system in nearly 40 years.
Target resources and services that prevent foster care placements and help children remain safely in their homes.
Ensure children maintain family connections needed for healthy development and emotional well-being while finding safe, permanent homes for children as quickly as possible.
Advance the implementation and sustainability of evidence-based, trauma-informed services that appropriately and effectively improve child safety, ensure permanency, and promote child and family well-being.