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Child Welfare and Early Childhood: Cross-Systems Collaboration to Improve Outcomes for Young Children and Families: Using the Family First Prevention Services Act to implement Early Child Programs

May 18 2022
2:00 PM EDT

Approximately 40 percent of all children entering foster care are age five and under. Addressing the needs of these children and their families is critical to helping child welfare systems and early childhood systems achieve better outcomes.

With the passing of the FFPSA, any state, territories, or tribe with an approved Title IV-E plan has the option to use funds for preventative services such as in-home parent skill-based programs, mental health services, and substance abuse prevention and treatment services to allow children eligible for foster care to stay with their parents or relatives. What opportunities does FFPSA create for early childhood programs and services? What are the opportunities and challenges for expansion of home visiting under FFPSA? What other interventions and practices approved under FFPSA target young children and their parents?


  • Clare Anderson: Senior Policy Fellow, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
  • Pfeffer Eisin: Director-Erikson/ DCFS Early Childhood Program
  • Thay Giurgius: Manager- Erikson/ DCFS Home Visiting Program
  • Andria Goss: Associate Vice President, Clinical and Community Services, Erikson Institute

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