Today, Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of the Children’s Bureau, joined Brenda Donald, Director of the District of Columbia (DC) Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) to announce the approval of DC’s federal Family First Title IV-E Prevention Program Five-Year Plan: “Putting Families First in DC” (Family First Prevention Plan).
The District of Columbia was the first jurisdiction in the country to submit its plan to the Children’s Bureau, an office of the Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services. The Family First Prevention Plan lays out how DC will implement the federal Family First Prevention Services Act, which expands prevention services to help stabilize and strengthen families.
"The Children’s Bureau is incredibly delighted to be able to approve the first prevention plan in the country under the Family First Prevention Services Act. The District’s CFSA and its community partners have developed a plan that is grounded in a commitment to preventing child abuse and neglect and unnecessary removal of children from their families and to strengthen the ability of families to care for their children safely."
“The plan represents a thoughtful re-conceptualization of the way public child welfare agencies serve children and families, and we in the federal government look forward to working closely with the District to implement this landmark plan.”
The Children’s Bureau approves @DCCFSA's Title IV-E Prevention Program Five-Year Plan: “Putting Families First in DC” as the country's first Family First Prevention Plan under the Family First Prevention Services Act. https://cfsa.dc.gov/release/children%E2%80%99s-bureau-approves-dc-child-and-family-services-agency%E2%80%99s-federal-family-first #PrimaryPrevention #childwelfare pic.twitter.com/sTcdFwBHu3