In early 2018, the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) passed Congress and was signed into law. FFPSA reforms the federal child welfare financing streams, Title IV-E and Title IV-B of the Social Security Act, to provide services to families who are at risk of entering the child welfare system.

Share evidence-based practices to recommend to the Children’s Bureau for inclusion in the public clearinghouse of practices that satisfy each category set forth in the law. The FFPSA newly allows federal IV-E financing to be spent on programs that meet criteria for promising, supported or well-supported practices, as defined by the law.  In addition, the FFPSA allows for the Secretary to “waive the requirement for a well-designed and rigorous evaluation of any well-supported practice if the Secretary deems the evidence of the effectiveness of the practice to be compelling and the State meets the continuous quality improvement requirements…”  

Contact the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities Office of Public Policy and Mobilization with questions about the Alliance’s effort to collect information about evidence-based and evidence-informed practices.