11/06/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/06/2019 09:49
SALINAS, CA - Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Carmel Valley) cosponsored the Family First Transition Act to help states transform their child welfare systems and keep more children safely at home, instead of placing them in foster care. This legislation will provide states with the tools to successfully implement the Family First Prevention Services Act which became law last year.
'Family First was a tremendous first step in transforming our foster care system and safely keeping children with their families. When fully implemented, the Family First Prevention Services Act will strengthen communities and provide evidence-based approaches to improve outcomes for kids and their parents. Our bill gives states the necessary time and resources to improve their child welfare programs to the standards of the Family First law,' said Congressman Panetta.
The Family First Prevention Services Act (Family First), signed into law last February, will help keep more children safely with their families and out of foster care. Family First supports states in providing evidence-based services to prevent children from entering foster care, encourages states to place children with foster families instead of in group homes and reduces bureaucracy for-and provides help to-relatives so more children can live with extended family if they must be removed from their homes.
The Family First Transition Act will build on the previous law by:
Full text of the bill can be found here.
A summary of the bill can be found here.