The Family First Act governance structure has been designed to intentionally include a broad range of voices and perspectives, both inside and outside the Division.
In 2021, various Family First workgroups in that governing structure began work on the pieces of Georgia' Title IV-E Prevention Plan. The workgroups are informed by tools such as a data analysis on the target population of children and youth who will be candidates for prevention services and their families and a statewide survey of providers regarding the current landscape of evidence-based practices.
- Candidacy: Meetings concluded. (See: Who is considered a “candidate for foster care”?)
- Practice & Policy Alignment: Currently meeting and working to align Family First Act requirements with policy and necessary SHINES updates to operationalize those requirements.
- Readiness: Currently meeting and working to provide practice and training support to the field in preparation for implementation.
- Prevention Services: Meetings concluded June 2021. Click here to view meeting materials and presentations.
- Data and Continuous Quality Improvement: Currently meeting and working to incorporate FFPSA evaluation and monitoring requirements into current CQI process.
Some workgroups such as Candidacy include members from both inside and outside the Division, while others such as Practice & Policy Alignment are comprised of Division staff completing the internal work that is necessary for successful implementation of the Family First Act.
Members of the workgroups tap additional subject matter experts inside and outside the Division as needed, and seek community input on topics like prevention services, which entails a series of meetings to gain ideas and perspective from providers, Division field staff and youth and families with lived experience. The Division is being supported in these efforts by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, who have deep expertise in child well-being and strategic planning and implementation.
The IV-E Prevention Plan was written by members of the Family First Act team and the Family First Act workgroups with support from Chapin Hall, with input and guidance from the multi-agency Leadership Advisory Council and the DFCS Family First Steering Committee and approved by the DFCS Director. The draft narrative plan was submitted to the federal Children’s Bureau in fall 2021.