The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), a major overhaul of how the federal government funds child welfare programs, has significant implications for child welfare systems across California. The recent passage of the FFPSA fundamentally shifts how children in and out of foster care are supported.
This webinar will provide an overview of the changes in the law as well as the concerns raised by advocates, counties and state agencies about certain components of FFPSA. We will focus on the potential impacts of the law on both our child welfare system and broader safety net programs, including the barriers children and families may face in accessing benefits and services. As we discuss each topic, we will focus on implementation strategies to utilize in California in order to improve access to necessary supports and services and minimize adverse impacts on our children and families. Finally, we will discuss ongoing efforts to secure needed legislative fixes to the law to make it more workable in California and beyond before its implementation.