In-Home Services (Families First)

Information:

Contact Us:

Kelly Myles

Family Services Supervisor
Email
540-658-8786

Brittany Dobynes
Family Services Specialist II
Email
540-658-5173

Kathryn Francis
Family Services Specialist II
Email
540-658-8832

Angie Gonzalez
Family Services Specialist II
Email
540-658-8827

Kim Strader
Family Services Specialist II
Email
540-658-4284
family_first_logo

Family First Prevention Services Act

The Family First Prevention Services Act(Family First)was adopted in February 2018. Family First includes historic reforms to child welfare funding. The Act will provide federal funding for prevention services to families of children who are at imminent risk of entering foster care. It underscores the importance of children growing up in families and seeks to avoid the traumatic experience of children being separated from their families and entering foster care. Specifically, federal reimbursement will be available for trauma-informed mental health services, substance use disorder treatment and in-home parenting skills training to safely maintain in-home family placement. It also aims to improve the well-being of children already in foster care by incentivizing states to reduce placement of children in residential treatment, and instead place children in the least restrictive, most family-like setting appropriate to their individual needs.