Webinar on Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016
CWDA, the John Burton Foundation and the Alliance for Children’s Rights hosted a web seminar on August 25th about the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016 (FFPSA). California is among a growing number of states that is concerned about the unintended consequences of FFPSA, which include restricted access to foster care for children placed with relative caregivers and the unsafe placement of high-need children in homes without adequate supports, among others.
Others states that have expressed their concern include New York, Minnesota, North Carolina and Washington. California has called on members of the Senate to amend the bill and better align it with the needs of children and families, rather than rush it through in its current form. FFPSA will be taken up in September, in the final days of the legislative session.
On the web seminar, participants learned about why California is concerned and what changes are being called for in the Act.
Speakers on the web seminar included representatives of the California Department of Social Services, CWDA, the John Burton Foundation, the Alliance for Children’s Rights and Social Change Partners.