NY Family First Roadmap
Redlich Horwitz Foundation (RHF) is pleased to partner with the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) and local jurisdictions as we prepare for implementation of the federal Family First Prevention Services Act.
Passed in 2018, the Family First Act introduces new programmatic and fiscal reforms that restrict the use of institutional settings for foster care and encourage the use of high-quality preventive services to keep families safely together when possible. The law also creates new requirements for family and court involvement in foster care decisions. New York State has elected to delay its implementation of Family First until September 29, 2021.
In preparation for full implementation, RHF is supporting 19 New York counties with a Family First Readiness initiative to decrease the use of institutional foster care and increase the use of licensed kinship and family foster care when a removal from home is necessary.
In the near future, RHF plans to extend its support to local jurisdictions and the State to assist in:
Building a continuum of prevention services, as well as options for step-downs and community-based alternatives to placement;
Achieving compliance with the QRTP and prevention requirements of the law; and
Using data to measure progress and continue improving outcomes for families and child welfare staff.
Stay tuned for a website relaunch in winter 2020!
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with contributions from Onondaga, Westchester, and Dutchess counties, Office of Children and Family Services, NYC Administration for Children’s Services, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Casey Family Programs, Public Catalyst, Action Research Partners, ChildFocus and the American Bar Association.