June 4 from 1-2 p.m. CT

  • Free to Members and Nonmembers

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Webinar Description

The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) is the most significant reform of federal child welfare policy in decades. While its primary goal is to keep more families together, it will have a profound effect on foster care and other out-of-home settings for children and youth. These settings include the homes of relatives and other unrelated “kin;” non-relative foster homes recruited and trained by child welfare agencies; and congregate care, with such placements as emergency shelters, group homes, and institutions.

This webinar will discuss the intersection of foster care capacity and family preservation, one of FFPSA’s primary goals. In addition to an analysis of data related to foster care capacity, webinar participants will learn about implications of the congregate care limits on foster care capacity, the knowledge base on what works in foster care recruitment and retention, and FFPSA’s connection to the growing role of relatives in caring for kids.

Since 2017, The Chronicle of Social Change has been working to build the first public resource on foster care capacity in the U.S. The project, Who Cares: A National Count of Foster Homes and Families, collects data directly from all 50 states and combines that with federal reports to provide insight on two critical questions:

  1. How many children and youth are in foster care today?
  2. Where and with whom are they living?

Both questions speak to a state’s foster care capacity or the quantity of each available option in serving youth that child welfare agencies have decided cannot live at home. Recent data from Who Cares suggest that the number of youth in care is going down nationwide and the number of foster homes is going up. However, there are many states still struggling with capacity, support of relatives, and racial disparity. 

Family First Implementation Series

The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) has significant implications for child welfare and family support policy and practice in the U.S. The federal finance shifts affect provisions for out-of-home care and family preservation, and the new focus on prevention and expanded intervention will substantially change service delivery models at state and local agencies. This webinar series will help participants in human-serving organizations understand the implications—and new opportunities—to implementing these public policies in their work and develop effective planning strategies and operational readiness.

Register for one or all three webinars in this series:

Learning Objectives

  • Data and analysis on the supply of foster care options in each state and the implications to programs and other service delivery models in those states
  • FFPSA’s impact on existing and future foster care services
  • What FFPSA means for kinship care sustainability or growth due to these policy shifts and foster care capacity

Who Should Attend

  • Executives
  • Directors
  • Direct service staff


John Kelly
The Chronicle of Social Change

John Kelly is the editor-in-chief of The Chronicle of Social Change, the daily news website of Fostering Media Connections that covers the fields of child welfare, juvenile justice, and other youth-related services. He has been reporting and editing coverage of youth services since 2001, and is passionate about connecting these fields to quality, independent journalism.

Kelly began his journalism career at Youth Today, eventually becoming managing editor. He helped launch The Chronicle in 2013 and oversees development and planning of the website’s coverage. He also writes Youth Services Insider, a regular column that focuses on national issues and federal policy.

Kelly is a graduate of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and currently resides in Detroit.

Direct questions to Ilana Levinson, senior director, government relations at the Alliance.