Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA)

The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) was signed into law as part of Public Law (P.L.) 115–123 and has several provisions to enhance support services for families to help children remain at home, reduce the unnecessary use of congregate care, and build the capacity of communities to support children and families. The law enables states and territories to use funds for prevention services, such as:

  • Evidence-based mental health programs
  • Substance abuse prevention and treatment
  • In-home parent skill-based programs
  • Kinship navigator programs

Any questions regarding the interpretation of FFPSA and its requirements should be directed to the Children’s Bureau’s Regional Offices.

To access the Children’s Bureau’s Information Memorandum, visit:

To view the Program Instruction for FFPSA, visit:

To read FFPSA in its entirety, visit:

The following Center for States resources are relevant to specific requirements of FFPSA, and can support states, territories, and local jurisdictions when planning for FFPSA implementation.

Learn more about how the Center supports states developing prevention-focused systems and responding to the FFPSA.

Looking for resources to support your agency’s response to particular provisions within the FFPSA?

Developing Service Array

This resource can help states implement FFPSA §§50711, 50752, and 50753.

  • A Data-Driven Approach to Service Array toolkit provides step-by-step guidance and worksheets to assist jurisdictions with using data to assess and improve their service array, including establishing community-based services to support foster families and prevention services and programs.
  • Prevention Planning Into Action offers a collection of resources that can be used to support agencies working to develop and implement prevention plans.

Enhanced Kinship Programming

This resource supports implementation of FFPSA §§50731, 50741, and 50761.

  • It’s All Relative: Supporting Kinship Care recorded webinar, discussion guide, and video promotes dialogue, critical thinking, and practice improvement through highlighting kinship caregiver experiences and innovative kinship programs.

Identifying and Evaluating Evidence-Based Practices

These resources can assist states in implementing FFPSA §50711.

Increasing Family Engagement

These resources can be used to engage family and youth in implementation and planning for FFPSA §§50751, 50752, and 50753.

Recruitment and Retention of Foster Families and Reductions in Congregate Care

These resources can help states increase the quality of foster care and implement FFPSA §§50722, 50731, 50741, and 50751.

Sustaining Change

This series of resources focuses on helping states implement change in their child welfare systems and can be used when planning to implement any provision of the FFPSA.

  • Continuous Quality Improvement and Implementation lists assessment tools, how-to guides, and learning experiences to help individuals and groups better assess systems and implement and manage change in systematic, evidence-informed ways to improve child welfare practice.

Peer Groups

The following peer groups can help connect child welfare professionals working on implementing the FFPSA and related topics. Visit the Center’s Current Peer Groups page for more information or to sign up for a peer group.

Peer Group
FFPSA Prevention Plan Leaders
In-Home Services and Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) Managers
State Foster Care Managers
State Chafee and Education and Training Voucher Coordinators

The Center also offers tailored services to states and jurisdictions to help build agency capacity for prevention programs. For more information, contact your State Liaison.