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NCSL is hosting a webinar for legislators and staff at 2 p.m., ET, Wednesday, to explain and answer questions about the Family First Prevention Services Act.

The act, inFamily of three walkingcluded as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, is a significant change to the structure of federal child welfare finance and policy.

Majority and minority staff from the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee will brief NCSL’s Budgets and Revenue and Health and Human Services Committees on the new legislation and take questions on major policy changes to several programs included in the bill.

Speakers are:

  • Morna Miller (House Ways and Means).
  • Anne DeCesaro (House Ways and Means).
  • Ryan Martin (Senate Finance).
  • Laura Bernsten (Senate Finance).

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The Family First Act is aimed at amending the IV-E entitlement to provide more federal resources to help families in crisis stay together, and limit federal funds for putting foster youth into congregate care placements, including group homes.

The law includes several other child welfare-related updates to federal policy.

The act expands federal support for children placed with relatives, and reduces funding for children in group care.

Under the new policy, states can seek reimbursement for prevention services for up to 12 months under Title IV-E, which previously only allowed reimbursement for foster care. States will also be required, however,  to take on additional data collection, reporting and the development of state plans.

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