When is Georgia implementing the Family First Act?

Georgia started  phased implementation of the Family First Act in fall 2021.

Georgia has submitted the draft of our narrative Title IV-E Prevention Plan to the federal Children’s Bureau within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Once policies are completed and submitted and the plan is approved, it will outline how we’ll use the Family First Act to fund services that allow more children to grow up safely at home. Even before the plan is approved , we’ll also continue work on other elements of implementing the Family First Act, including:

  • Changes to funding sources for congregate care;
  • Enhancements to the SHINES portal, the web-based, statewide automated child welfare information system;
  • Training for caseworkers and other staff; and
  • Offering new prevention services in some regions.


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