The majority of federal dollars can only be used once a child enters foster care and there is little investment in preventing a child’s removal from the home. The Family First Act supports children and families by allowing federal dollars to be used for services that prevent children from entering foster care in the first place.
When children must enter the foster care system, relatives or foster parents can provide a safe home for a child to thrive in. But too often, children are placed in restrictive group homes that lack the familial support that can help them succeed. In fact, 1 in 7 foster youth are placed in institutions instead of families. As one former foster said, “group homes will never be able to give youth all the things that a loving family can. Group homes are temporary. Families should be forever.” The Family First Act also ensures that all kids grows up in families by supporting relatives who take in these children, and creating safeguard to ensure that fewer children enter into group homes.
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