Status Summary

Introduced in the House on 05/14/2019 and referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means (updated July 9, 2019)

Legislative Session

2019

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Bass

The Family First Transition and Support Act would provide states and territories with resources and funding flexibility to transition to Family First.  Specifically, it would: 

  • Eliminate the outdated Federal Title IV-E foster eligibility requirements for foster family homes tied to the 1996 Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) law, commonly referred to as the “look back,” which limits Federal foster care support to only those children removed from very low-income families;  

  • Expand funding for kinship support services, including childcare, transportation, and legal services to ensure families have access to services that meet their needs and keep children safe in their homes;  

  • Provide states with more time to develop the research base for prevention programs they want to use by delaying the 50% well-supported requirement;  

  • Enhance funding for caseworker training and development; 

  • Provide additional funds for State-directed research to develop interventions to meet Family First evidenced-based requirements, strengthen families, improve service delivery for youth victims of trafficking, and reduce inter-generational poverty; 

  • Boost funding for Regional Partnership Grants to allow more local and regional groups to address parental substance use and child well-being;  Enhance funding for the child welfare Court Improvement Program;  

  • Provide new time-limited resources to support quality foster parent recruitment and retention;  

  • Provide short-term Federal support to help States meet Family First licensing and accreditation standards for quality residential treatment programs and therapeutic foster care settings; and  

  • Provide additional resources and improvements for tribal child welfare programs.

 

Companion bill: S. 1376