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Listen as Family Voices United members share perspectives on strengthening families and opportunities with prevention support to keep kids out of foster care. Learn how constituents are taking action, getting involved, and building the movement! Click here to listen!

Podcast Features: 

Sandra Killett, Birth Parent National Network Member from New York 

Joanne Clough, GrAND Voices Network Member from Pennsylvania

Bianca Bennett, FosterClub Young Leader & You Gotta Believe team member from New York 

The passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018 now provides states, tribes, and territories with the option to use federal child welfare funds for prevention activities, including mental health services, substance misuse prevention and treatment and in-home skill -based parenting. These services can be provided to children at imminent risk of placement into foster care, pregnant or parenting youth in foster care, and parents and/or relative caregivers of children at imminent risk. As these services are being implemented across the country, it’s critical for leaders to consider the perspectives of individuals who have first-hand experience with the child welfare system. While Family First offers concrete supports that states, tribes and jurisdictions can use to prevent families from entering foster care, we know that it is one tool in the larger supports needed to strengthen families.

Resources & Events mentioned on the podcast:  

Generations United’s 2019 State of Grandfamilies Report- A Place to Call Home: Building Affordable Housing for Grandfamilies

Federal Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Advisory Council - opportunity for public comment coming soon!

Birth Parent National Network (BPNN) Virtual Convening on: Tuesday, December 3, 2019 from 10:00 – 12:30 PM PT. View Materials.

Visit to find Training & Technical Assistance under Partnering with Parents where there are tools on building parent advisory Council’s. (CEU’s are available!)

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