As part of our eﬀorts to improve the child welfare system, Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children has been working on reducing the use of institution-based foster care in favor of family-based care for Pennsylvania’s children and youth.
The federal Family First Prevention Services Act, which was approved by the U.S. House in June, will help towards this goal. The act makes needed and important reforms to many federal child welfare ﬁnancing mechanisms to support prevention eﬀorts and reduce congregate care placements for foster youth.
PPC, along with many other organizations across the county, expressed support for the legislation and we thank the members of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation (particularly U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly who was an original co-sponsor) for their support of the measure.
Looking ahead, once approved by the U.S. Senate and signed into law, states will quickly be tasked with implementation of the Family First Act. PPC will actively work with the state Department of Human Services to monitor eﬀective implementation, including any potential impact to state and county children and youth budgets.
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