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Family First Act Website

FamilyFirstAct.org is a new website created to provide information, resources and advocacy tools on the Family First Prevention Services Act.

 

You can access summaries of the law, the text of the legislation, stories from constituents with lived experience on why it matters, webinars from national partners, data and research, strategies for implementation and constituent engagement and updates from Congress, HHS and the Children’s Bureau.

 

You can sign up to receive updates about what’s new in the implementation of the law, utilize communications tools, and download images to share among your networks.

 

FamilyFirstAct.org is a collaborative project with several national organizations, including NACC! 

 

Family First Act Webinar 

A Courtroom Advocate’s Guide to the Family First Galaxy

Allison Green, JD, CWLS, Special Counsel, National Association of Counsel for Children

Stefanie Sprow, JD, Deputy Director of Child Welfare & Mental Health, Children's Defense Fund

 

This webinar provides an overview of key components of the 2018 Family First Prevention Services Act, the most sweeping piece of federal child welfare legislation in decades. Learn how to translate the law’s mandates into daily courtroom advocacy and legal innovation. Specifically, the webinar provides advocacy tips applied to each stage of a child welfare case: pre-petition, initial hearings, placement decisions, services and permanency pathways. Gain increased confidence and urgency to leverage the language and the spirit of Family First on behalf of the children, parents and caregivers you represent.  Available to NACC Members on our Member Webinar Series webpage.

  

Every Kid Needs a Family Attorney Advocacy Guide

Before Family First was enacted NACC partnered with the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the ABA Center on Children and the Law to produce the Every Kid Needs a Family Attorney Advocacy Guide.  The tool was designed to assist attorneys in understanding and making arguments to ensure that children are placed in family settings. The tool also provides a framework for advocacy in cases where congregate care placement is recommended, or in cases where that placement has been made. Questions to ask in court are provided in detail, as are helpful advocacy tips.

 

Every Kid Needs a Family Attorney Advocacy Guide

 

 

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