New Tool Kit Helps Leaders Communicate the Benefits of Family First Law

Posted February 3, 2019, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Parents with a young person on a bicycle.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has developed a downloadable tool kit to help child welfare leaders, advocates, private providers and others talk about how the Family First Prevention Services Act can help improve outcomes for children and families.

Young people involved in the child welfare system do best in families, in a safe and stable environment that supports their long-term well-being, according to research. The passage of Family First took a large step toward this vision by restructuring how the federal government spends money on child welfare to ensure that more children in foster care are placed with families. The law also provides more support for critical services, such as mental health and substance abuse treatment, in-home training and family therapy that can help prevent the need for foster care in the first place.

Read more about how Family First will change the child welfare system

The tool kit features talking points for agency staff, guidance for media interviews and text to incorporate in public remarks. Casey encourages child welfare agency staff to pick and choose which resources can help them confidently communicate about the goals of Family First and how it works.

The tool kit includes:

“We hope that these tools help child welfare leaders move toward effective implementation of the law and a better future for young people,” says Tracey Feild, director of the Foundation’s Child Welfare Strategy Group.